To Russia with Love, Snowden either incredibly Naive or a Traitor

As the Edward Snowden drama continues to unfold, one thing is certain. He is either a traitor to the US, as many have suggested, or just incredibly naive.

After the NSA privacy whistle blower turned to China (of all places!) for assistance, it looks like he next accepted an offer of help from Russia! According to reports, Russia offered to fly Snowden from Moscow to possibly Cuba (again, wow, what a choice!) and eventually to Ecuador where he appealed for asylum.

“Snowden told Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa that it is “unlikely that I will have a fair trial or humane treatment” if handed over to U.S. officials to stand trial, according to a letter from Snowden read by Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino.”

According to CNN, he left Hong Kong Sunday on a plane to Moscow. He stayed the night at the Sheremetyevo airport and was supposed to be on a plane to Cuba today. Security was tight at the airport and as the plane filled up, there was no Snowden!

The Obama administration requested that Russia hold him and not allow him to leave the country.  But, come on, what are the chances the Russian intelligence agents are just going to let Snowden leave the country without a little intimate time first?

Does he think he will get fair and humane treatment from Russian intelligence if they think he has information that they want?

I mean didn’t he watch any of the old Rambo movies?

Snowden’s poor choices, going to China and then Russia for help really are beginning to paint a different picture about him other than hero. In fact it makes him look more and more like a traitor. And this will cost him a lot of public American support.

~ by D. Dieterle on June 24, 2013.

4 Responses to “To Russia with Love, Snowden either incredibly Naive or a Traitor”

  1. Rather it paints a poor picture of the US and the Obama administration when a whistleblower (of information vital to the public) needs to hide in countries like Russia, China and Cuba.

    Why would one accept to be tortured like Manning for releasing infromation which ought to be released?

    • I hear you John, and I agree there seems to be a rash of attacks against American’s constitutional rights, especially with this administration that promised to be open.

      I am just curious though, if his plan was to run, why didn’t he find a neutral country to go to first, then release the info?

      Hooking up with China, Russia and possibly Cuba is really hurting his credibility that he is not a traitor.

      • Well, he did go to Hong Kong and not China which usually handles these cases by itself (compare to someone going to GB instead of the US). Russia and Cuba are both simply transit countries for the final destination (if he really plans to go to a Southern American country). Is rational for going to SA is probably simply because they are the least probable to extradite him.

        If by neutral countries you mean Sweden or Switzerland, they are most probably bad alternatives since they (atleast Sweden) have extradition treates with the US. The same goes for Iceland, an Icelandic MP has written about it [1].

        One loophole though is that neither Sweden nor Iceland hands out people to countries if they can be charged with death penalty for their crime, but I am not sure if that is the case with “spying” or what the formal charges against Snowden are. Also Sweden has a history of black bagging people and helping the CIA fly them to Egypt [2] for torture so I am not sure if that is something I would want to rely on.

        [1] http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/06/23/1218165/-Icelandic-MP-Birgitta-Jonsdottir-on-Snowden-s-assylum-chances

        [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repatriation_of_Ahmed_Agiza_and_Muhammad_al-Zery

      • China is the final authority in Hong Kong, and they definitely would not make a decision like Snowden’s case on it’s own without getting China involved.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/24/world/asia/china-said-to-have-made-call-to-let-leaker-depart.html?_r=0

        I hear you on the rest. It seems he is stuck in Russia now kind of like Tom Hanks in ‘The Terminal’. But I am sure Russian agents would not bypass an opportunity to “chat” with Snowden. Just as the US would not let a foreign spy out of the country without “debriefing” them.

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