Skip to comments.In Venezuela, Snowden Can Prepare For Life As A Pawn
Posted on 07/11/2013 12:34:49 PM PDT by IBD editorial writer
Diplomacy: National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden seems to have taken Venezuela's asylum offer, an odd choice for a man supposedly motivated by a desire for transparency. He should prepare for life as a pawn. U.S. surveillance is "not something I am willing to live under," Snowden told the U.K. Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, in a story published Monday, condemning yet again the NSA, whose operations, he claims, motivated him to hack into its computers, steal U.S. secrets, leak them to the press, and then flee a $100,000-a-year job and a pole-dancing girlfriend on the island paradise of Hawaii for a life on the lam. His whining to Greenwald now has a hollow ring, assuming he can exit the Moscow airport transit lounge where he is marooned with a cancelled passport, because Venezuela is far, far worse. Venezuela, contrary to its claims of sovereignty, is a nation run by totalitarian Cuba's security organs, a sort of zombie state under the same goons who keep watch over ordinary Cubans in the crudest surveillance this side of North Korea.
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Bolivia. Evo Morales is highly pissed over the airplane stunt. He will likely fly to Moscow personally to pick-him up and bring him back to La Paz. Will earn street cred by sticking it in Obama’s eye.
Sounds like he should stay in Russia. Maybe Putin got all Snowden has to give so it’s either be killed or S. America.
Iceland is cool though.
Putin is finished with him. There’s no upside for Moscow to keep him around.
If Venezuela takes him in, I think Obama’s hand (or his handlers’) becomes more likely to be involved in the whole affair. Consanguinists of Zero’s departed friend Hugo are still in charge there. Or, would ‘Venezuela’ mean a Venezuelan Embassy somewhere in ... Australia, or some such place? Either Snowden will assume room temperature quickly, or the Administration is trying to make something else desirable happen with Snowden’s continued existence.
There's not a whole lot of evidence that it actually happened in the first place.
His plane refueled in Austria.
That's the only verifiable part of the story.
Which agency supposedly searched his plane?
What French government authority denied him airspace?
We have Evo's word on it. Which isn't worth much.
The only thing I know of that Venezuela has going for it is, their Santa Teresa 1796 rum is some of the best on the planet.
As a controversial foreigner, he will be monitored 24/7 by "Bolivarian volunteers."
LaPaz? Where Che bought it?
And the great thing is that he will get vacations
in Iran and Cuba.
Good food, good beaches, blue laws are pretty strict, though.
I believe Venezuela has plenty of pole-dancing women, so he won’t be lacking in that regard.
Ha! I read that Fidel sent Che there with the full and final intention of getting rid of him.
Che made himself VERY inconvenient!
I guess inconvenient people go to LaPaz!
So, did you actually write the article?
You are right, Castro borrowed from the Stalin playbook...kill a potential rival, then use him as a martyr.
I haven’t read much on what secrets he’s revealed,
but most of them seem to be about our government
spying on its own citizens.
And not on potential terrorists [ie, muslims],
but on political opponents of the socialist expansion of power.
So... I’m pretty much rootin’ for Snowden and against the American Regime on this one.