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thanks for the heads up on that book, josh. Luke Harding's "The Snowden Files". nm

"U.S. troops in Afghanistan ‘so happy’ Sgt. Bergdahl released by Taliban militants"

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To ensure troops stayed on the lookout for Bergdahl, commanders had installed a screen saver on every American soldier's computer in Afghanistan that carried a photo of the captured sergeant as a reminder

"I always wondered what happened to him," said Gloria Goomtam, 37, a US Army specialist. "I'm so happy for him."

But Bergdahl, held by insurgents for nearly five years, was never spotted by American forces or rescued in a raid.

Instead, his freedom was brokered by Qatar in a swap that required the United States to transfer five Taliban detainees out of the Guantanamo prison.

The deal has sparked an outcry among some lawmakers that President Barack Obama sold out to Taliban "terrorists," but Goomtam said the agreement was worth it.

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"My wife told me that a soldier had been freed and I knew who it was,"said Mashburn, a member of the 101st Airborne.

That Bergdahl's release came at a price, with five senior Taliban figures allowed to leave the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, posed a difficult dilemma, he said.

"Letting them (Taliban militants) go, I don't want to see that happen. At the same time, I would do anything for that soldier, " he said.

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Bergdahl's release was reassuring for troops as it showed the US government had worked relentlessly to secure his freedom, he said.

"Whatever your beliefs, if you think we should be here or we shouldn't be here, we have someone, an American, in captivity and we've got to get him. I think everyone can agree on that," he said.

"Someone was out there pushing for this. I'm thankful for that."

raw story

The Political Game @politicgame
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Hey Twitter, Bob Bergdahl grew out his hair & beard in solidarity with his captive son. Also learned Pashto & Arabic. Give the guy a break.
10:07 AM - 1 Jun 2014 21 Retweets 8 favorites

MOre "Bergdahl Tweets"..
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More Pics & Vid..
TOD

Welcome Back, Sgt Bowe Bergdahl

OOOPS! “I’m saying if Reverend King had gone to New York instead of going to prison in Birmingham,

no one would have said he didn’t stay in Birmingham to face the music.”

That's the Whole point, nutter. Dr King wasn't a fucking coward.

“Instead he’s in a country that does that to its own citizens routinely,” Kornacki countered. “He’s in Russia!”

Kornacki for the win!

Greenwald responds in all Capital Letters.. Rofl.

"Reached for comment by email, Greenwald objected in all-caps to the idea that he is profiting off of the Snowden leaks, and notes that "THERE IS AN OBVIOUS IRONY TO COMPLAINING THAT WE'RE PROFITING FROM OUR WORK WHILE HE TRIES TO RAISE $100,000 BY FEATURING OUR WORK."

Yeah, GG.. BFD.. he wants to raise $100, 000 to get the word out on your fucking profiteering from Snowden leaks while you're making Million$$$ or is it Billion$$$$$?

9
Jan
2014 The Colbert Report..

Secrets for Sale?: The Greenwald/Omidyar/NSA connection

Greedy Money Grubbing Greenwald




Oh fuck.. nothing's going to make GG more mad then someone he thinks is

honing in on his money making machine.. Ca Ching.$$$$$$!

From your link.. Ouch, Burn!

"I'll candidly admit that this is aimed at Omidyar's operation and these oligarchs moving into public service," Young told Business Insider. He accuses First Look Media — the PayPal founder's media startup, anchored by Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, the journalists who broke the Snowden leaks — and even Wikileaks of "hyping public debate" through their coverage decisions.

Worse, in Young's mind, is that they're allegedly profiting off of whistleblowing. "It's making a tremendous amount of money for a lot of people and we find that offensive," says Young. Cryptome, in contrast, is "a free public library, rather than a product for sale."

Greenwald's newly-published book is currently posted on Cryptome, free for anyone with an internet connection."

Fuck, John Young's read my mind! Thank you for this, OF.. and Good Luck to John Young!


P. S. pic of the President and Eric Shineski this morning..


@petesouza: Pres Obama walks w Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki on the WH south grounds this morning

TOD

Liberal Librarian @Lib_Librarian
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So, now that Shinseki's head is on a platter, those 41 GOP senators will vote for Sanders' VA bill, right? Right? Yeah.
11:21 AM - 30 May 2014
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I dunno.. maybe both equally. I do know that Snowden's Lies are nothing to "yawn" about..

The 13 Most Bizarre Things from Edward Snowden’s NBC News Interview

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Last night, while watching Brian Williams’ interview with Ed Snowden, I actually agreed with Glenn Greenwald about something. Back in 2012, Greenwald referred to Williams as “NBC News’ top hagiographer,” using “his reverent, soothing, self-important baritone” to deliver information in its “purest, most propagandistic, and most subservient form.”

It’s worth noting at the outset that Greenwald flew all the way to Moscow specifically for the NBC News interview, and he appeared on camera with Snowden and Williams, answering questions from this so-called “hagiographer.”

When GG called Brian Williams NBC News' top hagiographer

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1) Snowden claimed he has “no relationship” with the Russian government and that he’s “not supported” by it. That’s odd, given how the Russian government has twice offered him asylum and one of his lawyers, Anatoly Kucherena, is an attorney with the Russian intelligence agency, the FSB (formerly the KGB). Tell me again why anyone should trust this guy?

2) “Sometimes to do the right thing you have to break a law.” So it’s really up to each of us individually to decide whether our own interpretation of “doing the right thing” necessitates breaking the law? A lot of awful things have occurred with that exact justification. Also, what if NSA feels the same way, Ed?

4) Early on, Snowden said, “I’m not a spy.” Later he famously confessed to being “trained as a spy.” Huh?

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12) “People have unfairly demonized the NSA to a point that is too extreme.” Why is Snowden an apologist for the surveillance state? Drooling! Vast!

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"Ultimately, Snowden is his own worst enemy and his ongoing ability to say crazy things in a calm, collected voice continues. What’s abundantly clear at this point is that no one will ever land an interview with Snowden who will be as adversarial against the former NSA contractor as Greenwald has been in his own reporting in defense of Snowden. It’ll never happen."

MOre Shite from Snowden..
http://thedailybanter.com/2014/05/13-bizarre-things-edward-snowdens-nbc-news-interview/

GG trying to keep himself relevant.. like when he "expertly previewed the 2012 election"..

Worst Spy Ever, indeed! Ends up in Russia because ooops.. and tries to blame it on the US..

tries to cover his ass from Russia with some flimsy story about trying to go through the proper channels with no proof. He's got his thousands of docs "proof" on all this other shit but nothing to back up another one of his "spy" stories.

Another gem from Bob Cesca..

The 13 Most Bizarre Things from Edward Snowden’s NBC News Interview

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Last night, while watching Brian Williams’ interview with Ed Snowden, I actually agreed with Glenn Greenwald about something. Back in 2012, Greenwald referred to Williams as “NBC News’ top hagiographer,” using “his reverent, soothing, self-important baritone” to deliver information in its “purest, most propagandistic, and most subservient form.”

It’s worth noting at the outset that Greenwald flew all the way to Moscow specifically for the NBC News interview, and he appeared on camera with Snowden and Williams, answering questions from this so-called “hagiographer.”

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1) Snowden claimed he has “no relationship” with the Russian government and that he’s “not supported” by it.

2) “Sometimes to do the right thing you have to break a law.”

4) Early on, Snowden said, “I’m not a spy.” Later he famously confessed to being “trained as a spy.” Huh?

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12) “People have unfairly demonized the NSA to a point that is too extreme.” Why is Snowden an apologist for the surveillance state? Drooling! Vast!

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"Ultimately, Snowden is his own worst enemy and his ongoing ability to say crazy things in a calm, collected voice continues. What’s abundantly clear at this point is that no one will ever land an interview with Snowden who will be as adversarial against the former NSA contractor as Greenwald has been in his own reporting in defense of Snowden. It’ll never happen."

MOre..
http://thedailybanter.com/2014/05/13-bizarre-things-edward-snowdens-nbc-news-interview/

"Snowden's Odd Email to the NSA Deepens the Mystery"

I give you the brilliant David Corn, Tarheel..

"So you're in the middle of the biggest secrets-blowing caper in the history of the known universe. You're one of a small number of people who have access to the most classified information about the most classified spying programs of the most powerful superpower—and you're swiping tens of thousands of pages of these secrets and preparing to hand them over to journalists. You've already made contact with your recipients—and it was harder than you thought to do so. You've switched jobs, moving from one contractor to another, in order to snatch more of the documents you want revealed to the unknowing public. You're scraping NSA servers. You're watching your back. Oh damn, you are certainly watching your back. You know the people you work for can monitor who gets in and out of the system, and though you are one of the few with the keys to the crypt, you have to be worried—scratch that, paranoid, and rightfully so—that someone's going to wise up. You make a slip—they might be watching right now—and the alarms go off. And it's no more Hawaiian paradise. It's federal prison. But you're committed. You have your plan. You're about to send a security kit to an American reporter who lives in Brazil and works for a British outlet so you can communicate via a safe and encrypted mechanism."


Much MOre..
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/05/snowden-odd-email-nsa

If there is no correspondence to the NSA from ES on what he thought was wrong then this is just going to expose even more what a sneaky little snake he is.
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