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January 19, 2014 - 10:54 am
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In a jaw-dropping revelation on NBC’s Meet the Press, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) has stated that he believes the fugitive Edward Snowden had assistance from Russian spies when he stole vast amounts of sensitive U.S. security data and fled to Russia.

Rogers told MTP host David Gregory:  “Let me just say this: I believe there’s a reason he [Snowden] ended up in the hands, the loving arms, of an FSB [successor to the KGB] agent in Moscow.  I don’t think that’s a coincidence.” Rogers added that some of the methods Snowden used in lifting National Security Agency secrets were “beyond his technical capabilities.”

Amazingly, at the same time Rogers was speaking to Gregory, over on ABC’s This Week a taped interview with Snowden’s benefactor Vladimir Putin himself was being played.  The interview had taken place with George Stephanopoulos earlier in the week, in the host city for the 2014 Olympics next month, Sochi.  It was almost as if Rogers was deliberately torpedoing ABC’s much-ballyhooed coup in landing Putin, since Stephanopoulos would have no chance to question Putin about the statement Rogers had made, leaving him with egg on his face.

Indeed, Stephanopoulos didn’t grill Putin on Snowden at all, merely lobbing a single lame-question softball at him about whether Snowden was invited to Sochi and allowing Putin to respond that Snowden is free to do whatever he likes in Russia.

On the panel discussion afterwards, Stephanopoulos spoke to Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who echoed Rogers and stated: “Hey, listen, I don’t think Snowden — Mr. Snowden woke up one day and had the wherewithal to do this all by himself. I think he was helped by others.  I personally believe that he was cultivated by a foreign power to do what he did.”

The irony is, of course, breathtaking.  House Republicans are on the same page with the Obama administration as to Snowden being a virulent traitor, yet because of his craven “reset” policy towards Russia Obama won’t come forth with damning evidence against Snowden which shows he acted in concert with Russia.  To do so, of course, would blow his entire foreign policy to smithereens. Obama is caught between a rock and a hard place.

With breathtaking chutzpah, Putin told a credulous Stephanopoulos:  “I would very much like during the Olympics for the athletes, visitors, reporters and those who will follow the Olympics on TV through the media for people to see a new Russia.”  This “new Russia” will play the national anthem of the USSR when its athletes win medals. It is run by a proud KGB spy who has jailed both of his main political rivals and has launched a furious new arms race while supplying aid to America’s worst enemies around the world, particularly in the Middle East.

Putin stated: “With respect to athletes, I’d recommend and advise them not to think about the political differences. Politics should not interfere with sports. And sports should impact politics.”  Would Putin say a U.S. Olympiad should be depoliticized if it were learned that the U.S. government were giving aid to Doku Umarev, the separatist rebel who engages in terrorism? Of course not. Yet Putin demands the U.S. ignore waves of Russian aid flowing to Hezbollah, Syria and Iran.

In perhaps one of the greatest whoppers ever uttered by a national ruler on television, Putin had the gall to assert that “[s]o far, we are not seeing any major large-scale manifestations of corruption as part of the implementation of the Sochi project.”  In fact, both in Russia and abroad experts agree that at least a third of the funds spent on the Sochi games have been stolen.  Some put the figure at well over half. There’s no other explanation for why it would cost Russia as much to host these Winter Games as it will cost Brazil to stage both the Summer Olympics and the World Cup combined.

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There is a phrase in English that goes "compared to what?"

Putin's corrupt - fine. Compared to who? GLAAD? The IRS? Eric Holder? Our gov't which gives legal status to illegal aliens? Over 2,000 drone kills on Obama's watch? Benghazi? The Congressional Black Caucus? The NAACP? Melissa Harris-Perry? Ta Nehisi Coates? Tim Wise? Fast and Furious? Presidents who spent 20 years in racist cults? Strong arming health care some favored people don't have to use and others even pay for? A massive welfare state? Institutionalized bigotry where people get fired for wanting actual laws enforced? Giving federal money to an organization called "The Race" which schemes to inundate America with Latinos?

What giant moral fulcrum do we have today to contrast us with Russia?
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The main difference between Snowden and Paul Revere is that Revere was heard by far fewer people, but they listen and responded much better.
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What is this garbage doing on PJM?
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Full idiocy in bloom in Washington. Of course, Snowden was too ignorant to know what he was doing, so he secretly wired Putin for
assistance.
If Rogers and McCaul are this stupid, they ought to be somewhere outside Washington because their "intelligence," belated at best,
is stale.
Where were these two at the outset? Remember,they were members of "the intelligence community," along with Clapper and Alexander and the NSA and the CIA and Obama and the loyal Democrats.
Washington - either political paryty - is not to be trusted with any story or idea. Most incompetent collection of "leaders" to ever sit in one place, and that is saying a lot.
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This smells of CYA: "No, we're not so incompetent and corrupt that a lone geek could do all this to us; Snowden couldn't possibly have succeeded if he hadn't had help from a Powerful Foreign Government."
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"Despite polls clearly showing a majority of Americans not only have a tolerant view towards homosexuality but actually favor gay marriage, Putin aggressively and dishonestly sought to divide Americans by claiming himself to be more representative of their views than their own leaders"

Uhm Kim as a New Yorker, I am sure you believe exactly what ever the prevailing "they" tell you. Could you maybe explain why so many states who have passed sanctity of marriage laws which have been uniformly stricken down by lefty judges would necessarily fall into your category of "Majority." Since these amendments had originally passed they were voted in by a majority of naysayers. Back your assertions with facts. It is by no means a benevolently settled question.
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Let me get this straight. Without one shred of actual evidence, Kim Zigfeld, above, condemns the Obama administration for refusing to release damning evidence of Russian involvement and declares the Ellsberg pardon campaign to be a Russian-manipulated sock puppet. The writer takes "speculation" by Republican politicians and turns it into iron clad fact being covered up by the "reset"-crazed administration. This implies any criticism is treason, does it not?
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"In perhaps one of the greatest whoppers ever uttered by a national ruler on television, Putin had the gall to assert that “[s]o far, we are not seeing any major large-scale manifestations of corruption as part of the implementation of the Sochi project."

He also said ."If you like your Olympics you can keep it. Period", on television, some two dozen times."
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> In a jaw-dropping revelation on NBC’s Meet the Press, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) has stated that he believes the fugitive Edward Snowden had assistance from Russian spies when he stole vast amounts of sensitive U.S. security data

It is indeed jaw-dropping what some US congressmen believe in. For example, a majority of them believe that two millenia ago God and/or archangel Michael had sex with Virgin Mary and impregnated her with Jesus of Nazareth. I knew a congressman who believed that 9-11 was perpetrated by President Bush, while another one believed that the Internet was "a series of tubes". Too bad they have no evidence to back up their paranoid beliefs.
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Wait till you learn about the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and how it created evolution.

Cheers
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There's no way someone from a foreign intelligence agency was involved with Edward Snowden beforehand. The reason for this is simple: intelligence agencies operate for the exclusive benefit of their own country. They don't seek to attack (for instance) the United States, but rather to benefit Russia or wherever. Damaging the United States overseas may have a collateral benefit to Russia, but it's hard to quantify and could be very small. Imagine, however, if the Russians knew that the NSA was spying on Angela Merkel, and got the emails themselves, and were able to conceal that they had them. They may have contained valuable information that the Russians could benefit from. Everyone else knowing the information would weaken its value considerably.

If Snowden was working for the Russians, he'd either have remained where he was until he was caught and then fled to Russia, or they'd have tried to kill or discredit him when they thought he had outlived his usefulness. Spy agencies don't publicize how other spy agencies operate, they try to steal the information, and more importantly the means to acquire it.
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There is a phrase in English that goes "compared to what?"

Putin's corrupt - fine. Compared to who? GLAAD? The IRS? Eric Holder? Our gov't which gives legal status to illegal aliens? Over 2,000 drone kills on Obama's watch? Benghazi? The Congressional Black Caucus? The NAACP? Melissa Harris-Perry? Ta Nehisi Coates? Tim Wise? Fast and Furious? Presidents who spent 20 years in racist cults? Strong arming health care some favored people don't have to use and others even pay for? A massive welfare state? Institutionalized bigotry where people get fired for wanting actual laws enforced? Giving federal money to an organization called "The Race" which schemes to inundate America with Latinos?

What giant moral fulcrum do we have today to contrast us with Russia?
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Echoing down the canyon. I've been wondering why Pj's has felt the need to take a position on Snowden both in light of, and in absence of, the facts. What we KNOW is that our own intelligence service(s) have been spying on us and will continue to do so. We KNOW that the IRS is now no longer an independent branch and that it will have nearly unlimited access to all manner of personal info. I just don't get why PJMedia isn't content to keep to the investigation as it unfolds.

No. There was a time that our government culture and reach were in stark contrast to the old Soviets. Now, the contrast is only measurable by what control our government does not yet possess, but wants.
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Agreed. America no longer holds a moral or intellectual high ground over Russia. We used to laugh at the stereotype of the Soviet phony use of "comrade." Now, we have our own phony nomenclature that makes the Soviets look like amateurs. "Undocumented Americans?" What intellectual flea circus did that emerge from? A "cishetero patriarachy?" Excuse me for actually liking women and knowing where babies come from, and that water is wet.

We used to be able to look at the sad and failed Third World countries we vacationed in and actually say they were failed and sad. Now they're postcolonialist unlucky rocket scientists and if I don't agree I'm KKK. If I'm against illegal immigration I'm KKK. "White privilege" makes me default to KKK just for waking up.

We have devolved down to Russia's level, because we can't even use the word "gypsy" in public without being ratted out to some commissar. Why? KKK. The Dem Party and its sad culture of politically correct bigotry is the closest thing we've ever had to a politburo, and the Huffington Post may as well be Soviet-era Pravda for all the BS in that racist and bigoted rag.
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Where's the revelation?

I see instead the opinion of someone who has to rely on the NSA's opinion of what Snowden could do, and by Clapper's actions we know the NSA lies to Congress when it feels like it without consequence.

Who is more stupid? Rogers or PJM?
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Close call, but my money's on Rogers.
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2013: HOW ALTERNATIVE MEDIA INFLUENCED THE YEAR OF AWAKENING by Mikael Thalen December 31st, 2013

http://www.storyleak.com/2013-year-awakening/

Thomas DiLorenzo - The Revolution Of 1913

Nov 22, 2013 From the Tom Woods show, Loyola economics professor Thomas DiLorenzo discusses three events from 1913 that greatly escalated the transmogrification of America from the founder's vision (limited government) to its current state (unlimited government).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj4HyL8pOy0
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DiLorenzo, being a confederate apologist, is a supporter of absolutist government--as long as the skin color's right.
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