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Bridget Johnson

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December 17, 2013 - 7:49 am

A new Rasmussen poll finds just 21 percent of Americans surveyed opining that NSA leaker Edward Snowden should be given amnesty in return for plugging his leaks of classified information.

Thirty-nine percent, though, are undecided, while 41 percent oppose amnesty for the former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor.

Sixty-two percent agreed that it’s at least somewhat likely that Snowden’s leaks have been detrimental to national security, though 59 percent now want to know more about the secret surveillance programs.

Twenty-nine percent thought of Snowden as a traitor while 12 percent branded him a hero, with the rest floating in the gray area between the two labels.

Snowden is currently sheltering in Russia under a year’s asylum, and is hunting for a permanent asylum home.

In an open letter to the Brazilian people published in a newspaper there, Snowden offered to help the Brazilian government investigate how the U.S. has spied on President Dilma Rousseff.

“I’ve expressed my willingness to assist where it’s appropriate and legal, but, unfortunately, the US government has been working hard to limit my ability to do so,” Snowden wrote.

“Until a country grants me permanent political asylum, the US government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak out.”

It’s not exactly a cold call on Snowden’s part, as Brazilian senators have reached out to him for assistance in their hearings about how to re-route fiber-optic cables to lessen the chance of American agencies getting a peek into the country’s affairs. Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who broke the Snowden leaks, lives in Brazil.

“When a person in Florianópolis visits a website, the NSA keeps track of when it happened and what they did on that site. If a mother in Porto Alegre calls her son to wish him luck with his exam, the NSA can save the data for five years or longer. The agency can keep records of who has an affair or visits porn sites, in case it needs to damage the reputations of its targets,” Snowden wrote.

“Six months ago, I revealed that the NSA wanted to listen to the whole world. Now the whole world is listening, and also talking back. And the NSA does not like what it is hearing.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked at yesterday’s briefing whether President Obama would consider amnesty for Snowden should he turn over his remaining cache of classified documents.

“First of all, our position has not changed on that matter at all.  And what I can tell you is that Mr. Snowden has been accused of leaking classified information, and he faces felony charges here in the United States,” Carney said. “He should be returned to the United States as soon as possible where he will be accorded full due process and protections in our system. So that’s our position and it has not changed.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
A real sad day when seventy nine percent of the Muricans totally support the totalitarian Obama/Biden regime that they elected. It seems that Americans make better Nazis than the Nazis did. Thank God that there are other nations who will not bend the knee to the new American god and his enablers.
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
With all due respect, it is dumb to condemn and sentence someone for an alleged crime or crimes based solely upon mass media reporting (even pjmedia), unless we live in North Korea, Iran, or some other wasteland. It is also dumb to imagine that mass surveillance will prevent any future catastrophe, and is therefore justified. It will not, because that is not its purpose.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Snow den and the other whack job who gave documents to wickileaks are traitors. Some decades ago they would have been sentenced to death or reviled as they sought a home in some communist fleapit.
And certainly the media, which was then responsible would have refrained from reporting any of the details in the stolen, yes, stolen, documents.
These two spies may be scum, but if this is all we can expect from our media these days, we're in for a rough ride.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
How is revealing that the government is spying on you treason? If the government is doing something that is illegal, are you going to tell me that only a traitor would call them to account on it?
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Maybe I'm just naive or simple minded but I can't
Believe that NSA domestic spying is a big deal.
Not like they're going to use the info to prosecute
Me for throwing two empty cans in the trash bin
Instead of recycle bin. But this I'm sure of: the
Day after downtown Toledo or some mall in Salt Lake City
Is leveled by a crude nuclear device or chemical bomb everyone
On Main Street is going to be outraged that
NSA didn't see it coming! Outside of that Snowden
Should be 'eliminated'. That's what you do to
Traitors in war, and if you did not notice, we are
Just that.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
We've pardoned our own government for smuggling firearms into Mexico (Fast & Furious). We've pardoned Benghazi, where our own people were betrayed and left to die. We pardoned the IRS punishing conservative organizations. We've pardoned $17T in debt and counting, leaving us at grave risk of becoming a third world country from the debt load. We pardon our president daily for lying to us (e.g. you get to keep your insurance if you like it).

How do we know we've pardoned all these, and more, transgressions? Because the perpetrators remain in office. Because no elected or appointed officials have had to pay fines or go to jail. Because the American People sit on their thumbs and masturbate their keyboards about how mad they are and they're not going to take it anymore. Really?

Against this, how does Snowden rank? How many people have died because of Snowden, compared to F&F, Benghazi, our fumbling with Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya?

Why should government contractors have to act a certain way when their employer acts another? Why should anybody uphold their oath to the Constitution when their 'leaders' do not? And then the greater perpetrator gets to prosecute the minor one? And people still want to scream about Snowden being a traitor?

America, heal thyself.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Do any of the apologists want to elaborate on exactly what was allegedly "given to our enemies"? ....insert sound of chirping crickets here... that's what I thought. Please, try and think about what is being documented here, and what it means to America, and who it is that is actually hurting our way of life, our freedom, and our self determination. With the most powerful security apparatus on the planet after him, coupled with a mass media blackout, how exactly was Snowden supposed to go to the American people? Does the Constitution not offer protections for individuals, or is it just for the government?
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Also bear in mind that, by all accounts, Snowden scrupulously redacted any information in anything he revealed that would jeopardize any U.S. intelligence assets. Moreover, if his intent had been to betray the country, he pretty much would have destroyed the value of what he had to offer by making it public (letting the U.S. government know what information has been compromised).
1 year ago
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NSA apologists make me puke. Snowden is a hero. We are not talking "security" or "safety" here, we're talking money, power, and control, of us by people we will never see or meet, and who do NOT have our interests on their agenda. His "revelations" may in fact be the tip of the iceberg, but so what? Is that all you can use to justify vilifying him? Are any of you familiar with the concept of liberty?
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
I could care less about the NSA, but when someone leaks sensitive info about America to America's enemies, deliberately I should point out, they are considered traitors and are to be treated as such. Even the Constitution mentions this. I think its either Amendment nine or Amendment fourteen. If he only wanted to expose bad things the NSA was doing, he should have gone to the American people, even if the media ignores him. The people who did the Clinton Chronicles went to the American People, and they certainly didn't leak sensitive intel to say Cuba or China, or even Iraq or Russia.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
I'm kind of enjoying the squirming that this administration is doing while waiting for the next bit of embarrassing information to be leaked out. Its about time someone stood up to this invasion of privacy. I don't consider Snowden a hero but he certainly is no traitor either.

Had Snowden gone public with this info while in the USA he'd have been silenced very quickly and most of the info he had would have never seen the light of day. Good or bad - I want to know what my government is up to in the name of We The People.

FWIW 'The Patriot Act' was anything but.



1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Dittos here Paleo. I'm enjoying the squirming too. Neither traitor nor hero work for me either. I think it is fair to say that what he did was idealistic and took both courage and skill and also was highly illegal. I hope he gets asylum in Brazil.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
The sensitive information in question was the fact that the government was doing something that a court ruled illegal, just yesterday. Embarrassing the government when it's doing something wrong is NOT treason. To date, we have no evidence of his "revealing" anything to Cuba, China or Russia beyond what he released to the whole world in the Guardian.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Name me one single law that some activist judge somewhere hasn't tried to find unconstitutional. Give me a break.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Simple question, then, do you think it's right that your government is spying on you? Do you think it's right that your government is spying on our allies? This is the extent of what Mr. Snowden revealed.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
If you believe that the NSA is only collecting metadata you've been deceived. The enormous size of the Utah data center is of a scale that will enable them to collect every word spoken. One day's worth of phone call metadata would fit on a single 4TB hard drive. Two racks of drives would hold an entire year...Those that would sell Snowden down the river are begging for this same gov't to turn on them when they have an independent thought.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
They probably are, which is largely the reason I stopped using the cloud for the most part (still not sure how to actually turn it off though). However, what Snowden did is treason, because he sold our security secrets to China, which definitely is an enemy of us. If he really did only intend to expose wrongdoing that the NSA did, he should have gone to the American people first, like the Clinton Chronicles did in attempting to expose Clinton (no easy feat, as many of them actually risked their careers, even their lives or the lives of their families, friends and loved ones just to expose Clinton's dirty past in Arkansas).
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Again, care to offer ANY evidence that he gvae our ecurity secrets to China? That's a major claim. And merits some support.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
"Não tenho necessidade de um protocolo dróide"

"What I really need is a droid who understands the binary language of Copacabana."
1 year ago
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