Monday, July 01, 2013

Wouldn't it be nice to actually see Edward Snowden?

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"Beyond technical systems, U.S. officials are deeply concerned that Snowden used his sensitive position to read about U.S. human assets, for example spies and informants overseas as well as safe houses and key spying centers. They worry this recent quote from Snowden was not an exaggeration: ” I had access to the full rosters of everyone working at the NSA, the entire intelligence community, and undercover assets all over the world. The locations of every station, we have what their missions are, and so forth.”  ABC News
We have the word of Vladimir Putin that Edward Snowden is alive and well, but we don't even have a picture of him holding up today's edition of Pravda to prove it.
Putin is a former KGB colonel and it is rumored that Snowden entered Russia carrying with him all the crown jewels of American intelligence.
Americans have such short memories, Russians no... Reagan had a Soviet mole that absolutely eviscerated Russia's worldwide intelligence network when Gorbachev was in power, which had quite a bearing on the collapse of the USSR... I think ex-KGB colonel and spymaster, Putin, who must have lived all that intensely, is about is about to return the favor.
If  Snowden is in Moscow, his veins are probably filled right now with sodium pentothal, and he is revealing all the places he has information hidden in the cloud and the passwords that unlock his computer, after which he just might have a "heart attack" or fall out of a window, "trying to escape". DS

1 comment:

Fiddlin Bill said...

You're quite right.

You might also consider the implications of Peter Dale Scott's work. One of the singular arguments he makes is that intelligence necessities require an engagement with criminals, i.e., criminality. This is the logic of Watergate and of waterboarding.

I do wonder if Snowden had any intelligence beyond the purely technical. His actions belie. He is the frog, asking the crocodile for a lift across the flooded river.