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Fri Apr 18, 2014, 12:18 PM

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Snowden Defends Questioning Putin: I Want To Hold Him Accountable, Too

Edward Snowden says his host Vladimir Putin should also be held accountable on matters of domestic surveillance, and calling in to Russian television to question the president on Thursday was his way of doing so.

"I was surprised that people who witnessed me risk my life to expose the surveillance practices of my own country could not believe that I might also criticise the surveillance policies of Russia, a country to which I have sworn no allegiance, without ulterior motive," the former NSA contractor turned leaker wrote in an op-ed published by the Guardian on Friday. "I regret that my question could be misinterpreted, and that it enabled many to ignore the substance of the question – and Putin's evasive response – in order to speculate, wildly and incorrectly, about my motives for asking it."

Snowden said he intended to mirror a notable exchange with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, in which the latter gave an "erroneous" statement about the degree to which the United States collects and stores domestic phone data...Snowden said Putin's answer was "remarkably similar" to that of President Barack Obama.

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"I understand the concerns of critics," he continued, "but there is a more obvious explanation for my question than a secret desire to defend the kind of policies I sacrificed a comfortable life to challenge: if we are to test the truth of officials' claims, we must first give them an opportunity to make those claims."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/edward-snowden-putin-question

So after all the excuses, including the claim that he can't speak freely, his own excuse is that he really is trying to hold Putin accountable by asking a lame-ass question, a "test"? He envisioned himself as "Wyden" and Putin as "Clapper" in framing the question? That's beyond bizarre.

Snowden had a choice: play Putin's fool or not. If he did it volutarily he's a fool for taking the opportunity to ask a lame-ass question that everyone knows the answer to. If he participated in a staged event, he's a tool.

Putin's answer was "remarkably similar" to President Obama's? WTF?

Equivalent would be Obama announcing a press conference, and you calling in (voluntarily or involuntarily, meaning the WH stage this) and asking if the NSA exists. Obama responds, no.

Snowden made a friggin fool of himself, and the lame attempts to spin it any other way are telling. Greenwald's, though, is classic.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024833461#post29

I mean, clearly that has been the goal all along. Initially praising Russia was just part of the plan?

Yet even in the face of this historically disproportionate aggression, countries around the world have offered support and asylum. These nations, including Russia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador have my gratitude and respect for being the first to stand against human rights violations carried out by the powerful rather than the powerless. By refusing to compromise their principles in the face of intimidation, they have earned the respect of the world. It is my intention to travel to each of these countries to extend my personal thanks to their people and leaders.

http://wikileaks.org/Statement-by-Edward-Snowden-to.html

I think it was clear to many people that, despite that nonsense, Snowden wasn't going to enjoy life in Russia.

Tool.

Putin Tells NSA Leaker Snowden There’s No Mass Surveillance In Russia (updated)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024833461

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