The Truth About Edward Snowden Glenn Greenwald on Glenn Beck Radio Program

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So Much Of What Gets Said About Him

and what he did is actually completely wrong and give us some examples well I mean just in terms of his motives. For example, the debate about his motives has always confounded me because a Matt just put yourself in Edward Sutton’s place where you’ve decided that you’re gonna take tens of thousands of top-secret documents from the one of the most secretive agencies of the world’s most powerful government because you think that there’s serious wrongdoing that has been hidden from your fellow citizens think about what you could do at that material you could sell it in secret to pretty much any Intelligence Agency on the planet and enrich yourself for the rest of your life without anybody knowing you could if you were intending to harm your country or your government pass it secretly to adversaries of your government. Anyone knowing about it? He didn’t do any of that he could have just taken it all and put it up on the internet. If his goal were to just have this indiscriminate publication and harm the country he didn’t do that either instead he did exactly what you would want a whistleblower in that circumstance to do, which is to meet with journalists who work with some of the largest news outlets in the West and say to them. I’m going to give you this material, but I’m giving it to you based on the promise that you will be extremely meticulous about going through every word of it and not publishing anything that can harm people but instead only things necessary to inform the public debate.

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So You Can Have Different Views On

surveillance policies. The extent to which government should be spying on us. But I think. It’s really hard to call into question that his motives were anything other than what he says they are and were patriotic, which was that he genuinely believed that if the government is gonna spy on all of us indiscriminately and without any evidence of wrongdoing that we ought to at least know about that I agree with all that I think my problem comes later with him where he seems to have cozied up pretty in a pretty friendly way to to the Russians now and to Putin and has great things to say about Putin has great things to say about Russia and maybe he’s been treated really well there. But my suspicion now is that he’s a little too cozy with them and perhaps disseminating information to them.

So I Think The Key Word There

is suspicion um which is sort of another word for I have. This tingly feeling inside something you know I have no evidence right yeah, and you know I mean but first of all Edward Snowden didn’t decide to be in Russia. He didn’t want to be in Russia. He was actually flying through Russia. On his way to Latin America, which is where he intended to seek asylum.

Knowing The Obama Administration Would Put Him

into prison for the rest of his life and like most rational people he didn’t want to be in prison. For the reason he couldn’t get out of Russia was because on the plane from Hong Kong to Russia. They revoked his passport and then told the Cubans. If you let him pass through to Latin America. There’s gonna be all kinds of recriminations for you, so he couldn’t physically leave there, which is why he was trapped in the international zone of the Moscow Airport.

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For Five Weeks So Yes! He Did

seek asylum in Russia because that was the only choice that he had the only alternative, but he’s actually been quite critical of Russia. He wrote an op-ed in The Guardian, saying that Putin lied in that television appearance that he did where he asked him about mass surveillance and Putin denied it and he said no actually Russia engages the mass surveillance against their own citizens as well and is quite oppressive. He’s been. You know pretty outspoken but you know I mean the reality is is that right now. The Russian government is the one thing standing between him and an American cage for the rest of his life and and so I think it’s easy for us to sit here and say he should stand up and denounce Putin more aggressively, but he’s been put in a very difficult position.

Theres Zero Evidence That He Gave A Word

or a piece of paper to the Russian government and why would he I mean why would he unravel his life and risk going to prison to stop mass surveillance in the United States only did then help the Russian government figure things out that’s not what he has done and the reason there’s no evidence was because it hasn’t happened for a more comfortable life in Russia. If he’s got to stay there the rest of his life, but he already proved to you that given the choice between a comfortable life and standing up for what he believes is right. He will choose standing up for what he believes is right and give up a comfortable life. He had a very comfortable life so let me he willingly gave up.

Summary

Much of what gets said about him and what he did is actually wrong and give us some examples well I mean just in terms of his motives.& For example, the debate about his motives has always confounded me because a Matt just put yourself in Edward Sutton’s place where you’ve decided to take tens of thousands of top-secret documents from the one of the most secretive agencies of the world’s most powerful government. He didn’t do any of that he could have just taken it all and put it up on the internet. Instead he did exactly what you would want a whistleblower in that circumstance to do, which is to meet with journalists who work with some of the largest news outlets in the West and say to them.& I’m going to give you this material, but I’m giving it to you based on the promise that you will be extremely meticulous about going through every word of it and not publishing anything that can harm people but instead only things necessary to inform the public debate….. Click here to read more and watch the full video