A Challenge to Edward Snowden’s Fraudulent 'Whistleblower' Status

While Merkel is touted as a conservative, she grew up in East Germany and worked on “agitation and propaganda” for East Germany’s communist youth organization. Is she a covert spy for Russia? According to a new biography, she is “hiding things” about her past. Questions were raised about former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder when he took a job with Russia’s Gaszprom energy conglomerate, run by former KGB pals of Vladimir Putin. Whether or not it is true of Merkel, Germany and other NATO nations are saturated with Russian spies so surveillance on their activities is only prudent.

Speaking of Germany, Snowden had a meeting with Hans Christian Ströbele in Moscow that was arranged by the Russian FSB, (formerly the KGB), which controls access to Snowden, according to the German newspaper Die Welt. Wikileaks even posted silent videos of the meeting. Ströbele is a radical leftist lawyer who formerly defended the murderous Baader-Meinhof Gang— aka the Red Army Faction (RAF). He calls the RAF “political prisoners.” Similar to the communist lawyer Lynne Stewart, who was convicted for carrying messages from her client, Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, to his Egyptian terrorist network; Ströbele was sentenced to 10 months in prison for carrying messages from jailed RAF members to its allies outside. Ströbele is now on a parliamentary committee that oversees German intelligence, and is leading a campaign to give Snowden asylum in Germany.

To add to the evidence of FSB control of Snowden, Kincaid noted that Snowden’s lawyer in Russia is Anatoly Kucherena, a member of a board that oversees the FSB.

In short, Kincaid argued, the disclosures about NSA spying on domestic targets are overblown, with no charges of illegality having been proven, and there is genuine reason to believe that Snowden sought to discredit the agency by focusing on alleged domestic spying, while providing America’s enemies with the knowledge to avoid NSA monitoring and surveillance. “Selling Snowden as a whistleblower is one of the biggest frauds in history,” he said.

Real vs Fake Whistleblowers

Genuine Whistleblower Martin Edwin Andersen shared the dais with Kincaid. He calls Snowden “Leaker extraordinaire in the service of Vladimir Putin’s gulag.” Andersen is a former senior advisor for policy and planning in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. At DOJ he received stellar performance reviews until he began reporting rampant corruption in the Criminal Division’s international programs. Andersen disclosed that DOJ consultants in Haiti were living and sleeping with 14-year-old girls and giving away classified documents to friends in academia. He also fingered Robert K. Bratt, a senior DOJ Criminal Division manager with top secret clearances, who falsified documents to get two Russian women – who he met through an international dating service – visas, when one had already been denied by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Ironically, Bratt had been hired by then-Attorney General Janet Reno to “clean up” the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Andersen faced over four years of harassment at the hands of DOJ for making these disclosures. This was during the Clinton Administration years between 1997 and 2001 when Eric Holder was Deputy A.G. Sound familiar? But Andersen never felt the need to flee to another country. Why should he? He was uncovering wrongdoing, not engaged in wrongdoing himself.

Andersen was ultimately vindicated by a DOJ Inspector General report, and received the U.S. Office of Special Counsel’s Public Servant Award but he has never fully recovered professionally from the ordeal. He contrasts his whistle blowing with Snowden:

Taking advantage of a security clearance whose rules Snowden took an oath to respect and using a set of talents which permitted him to rob some 1.7 million classified documents, this virtual Viet Cong knowingly grabbed bushels of top secret information that – rather than proving violations of citizen rights and federal law – included vital knowledge of legitimate, legal NSA operations meant to protect this country and its people.

Andersen adds that Snowden has created a dangerous precedent, which suggests, “…individuals in a bureaucracy should, from here on, be permitted to engage in criminality if they themselves disagreed with state policy, especially those that are highly unpopular or controversial measures... The slippery slope emerges when … hundreds of thousands of government workers of many different opinions, values and experiences begin to believe that any government policy about which they have significant disagreement can justifiably be thwarted by felony conduct.”

Andersen quotes Mark Zaid, a national security whistleblower attorney and founder of the James Madison Project. Zaid faults the knee-jerk reactions of those who:

unequivocally and without hesitation, fully support without making any factual or legal distinction whatsoever, the illegal conduct of individuals such as … Snowden. Some… argue nothing more than policy rhetoric rather than the actual state of the law… While many could argue with the soundness of a policy that might involve surveillance of foreign leaders, there is no waste, fraud abuse or illegality (under US law) involved.

Andersen contrasted another whistleblower, Robert MacLean, with Snowden. In 2003, MacLean revealed that the Transportation Security Administration intended to cut some funds for Air Marshals’ long distance flight coverage in order to cover for questionable spending on certain “pork barrel” projects. At the same time the Marshals had been informed of a terrorist plot to hijack U.S. airliners in a large-scale international rerun of 9/11. MacLean’s disclosures shed light on a TSA action that itself was arguably a violation of federal law — TSA is supposed to give protective priority to "nonstop, long-distance flights" which are high security risks. Three years later, TSA fired MacLean for revealing information it retroactively classified as “sensitive.” In 2014, he is still battling TSA and his case has just been heard by the Supreme Court.