Ludwig von Gress
Whenever The Guardian comes out on the side of human rights, privacy and openness, everybody knows or ought to know that those Marxist relics mean more rights and privacy for themselves; and greater openness from everybody else. Thus when Edward Snowden selected for his lucrative exposé the extreme Left publicationsThe Guardian and the Washington Post the credibility of which is about as high as that of Julia Gillard, one smells a red rat or a red herring.
Additionally, the timing was suspicious to me. After all, I recall reading something similar in the Information Technology section of The Australian a long time ago when I still occasionally used to borrow that doomed paper. True, Snowden provided more details, but the practice of governments routinely and massively spying on its citizens is known to all except those who stubbornly don’t want to know. A blind trust in a so called democratically elected government means less stressful life without pain of thinking.
So why now? The most likely explanation is that somewhere else something potentially more damaging to Obama’s master plan is happening and thus we are treated to the well practised sleight of hand to attract public attention elsewhere. It is no skin off his nose. He can, as always, blame G W Bush, the rogue agencies or, if he is kind, just rogue elements in those agencies. The public by now is brainwashed into believing that CIA, NSA or FBI always do nasty things at the biding of conservative Republican administrations, but never would for the progressive Democrat one.
The other possibility is that President Xi Jinping, about to meet with President Obama at Rancho Mirage (how appropriate!), decided to sacrifice a low level informant for the greater good of Communist China. The revelation of US spying, old hat but dramatically beaten up by the obedient and properly directed “free” media could take some sting off the accusations of un-precedented cyber warfare Communist China is waging against the remnants of the non-Communist world. Likelihood of such accusation by Obama is exceedingly small, of course. His main problem is the question of how low he should bow to the dictator.
It also occurred to me that Obama himself could have organised the medial distraction in order to manufacture an excuse for not pushing Xi too hard or not at all. Not all US media eat out of Obama’s hand as yet. It is not as fanciful as it may appear at first glance. The man does not blush when he uses the deaths of American citizens for his political goals. Snowden who? Snowball? Snowjob? What difference does it make?
At the moment, Snowden is a hero of the left lap dog media. I doubt we will see the same touching admiration when we finally get whistle-blowers from Internal Revenue Service, Service Employees International Union, Federal Emergency Management Agency and other Obama’s Order enforcement organisation, not to mention a whistleblower from the Inner Circle. For sure he/she won’t be a transparency and democracy desiring whistleblower, but a traitor. Or dead.
The interview with former CIA officer Robert Baer on CNN:
FREDRICKA WHITFIELD: And apparently he was formally a technical assistant for the CIA. He has been working for a defense contractor, one that has offices in Atlanta, Hawaii, as well as in Virginia. And he has apparently been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of one of those contractors. So, he clearly had access to this kind of information and reveals that he thought it was the right thing to do in which to reveal it. But that he chose Hong Kong to, in which to flee, to find safe haven, tells you what about maybe the support that he might be getting, about taking this information and publicizing it?
BAER: Well, here’s the problem, is that Hong Kong is controlled by Chinese intelligence. It’s not an independent part of China at all. You know, I’ve talked toa bunch of people in Washington today in official positions and they are looking at this as a potential Chinese espionage case. And I’m not saying this because I disagree or agree or believe it had enough prisms is necessarily a good thing or this whole program. It is simply that it was unwise of him to go to Hong Kong to do this.
On the face of it, it looks like it is under some sort of Chinese control, especially with the president meeting the premier today. You have to ask what’s going on. I mean,China is not a friendly country and every aspect of that country is controlled, so why Hong Kong? Why didn’t he go to Sweden? Or if he really wanted to make a statement, he should have done it on Capitol Hill.I’m, you know, we don’t know yet, but you can count on it the FBI and the CIA is looking at this now as potential counterintelligence problem.
WHITFIELD: And if indeed Hong Kong finding refuge there would make it very difficult for the United States to actually extradite him. Given that the president of the United States and the president of China have been meeting all weekend long, you have to wonder whether the dialogue is changing about how and which the U.S. would be able to get their hands on Edward Snowden, how they would be able to strike some sort of a chord or agreement so that the department of justice or other entities or agencies would be able to pursue him.
BAER: We’ll never get him from China. There is not a chance. He will disappear there. He won’t be able to go anywhere else.I can’t believe a TV interview was done there in Hong Kong without some sort of knowledge of the Chinese.They’re not about to send him to the United States and the CIA is not going to render him, as he said in the tape, is not going to try to grab him there. It is not going to happen.
It almost seems to me that this was a pointed affront to the United States on the day the president is meeting the Chinese leader, telling us, listen, quit complaining about espionage and getting on the internet and you know, our hacking. You are doing the same thing. I can see the Chinese doing that.