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Snowden: “This ‘Russian Spy’ Push Is Absurd”

In Archive, NSA, Politics, Russia, Snowden, Surveillance, USA on January 21, 2014 at 10:11 PM

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01/21/2014

Jane Mayer/NewYorker:

Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower, strongly denies allegations made by members of Congress that he was acting as a spy, perhaps for a foreign power, when he took hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents. Speaking from Moscow, where he is a fugitive from American justice, Snowden told The New Yorker, “This ‘Russian spy’ push is absurd.”

On NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Mike Rogers, a Republican congressman from Michigan who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, described Snowden as a “thief, who we believe had some help.” The show’s host, David Gregory, interjected, “You think the Russians helped Ed Snowden?” Rogers replied that he believed it was neither “coincidence” nor “a gee-whiz luck event that he ended up in Moscow under the handling of the F.S.B.”

Snowden, in a rare interview that he conducted by encrypted means from Moscow, denied the allegations outright.

“I clearly and unambiguously acted alone, with no assistance from anyone, much less a government. It won’t stick … because it’s clearly false, and the American people are smarter than politicians think they are.”

If he was a Russian spy, Snowden asked, “Why Hong Kong?” And why was he “stuck in the airport forever” when he reached Moscow? “Spies get treated better than that.”

Having a “go bag” packed—something that Rogers described as highly suspicious—reflected his work deployed overseas for the CIA. He’d had a “go bag packed since 2007. It’s not an exotic practice for people who have lived undercover on government orders,” Snowden said.

“It’s not the smears that mystify me, it’s that outlets report statements that the speakers themselves admit are sheer speculation.” Snowden went on to poke fun at the range of allegations that have been made against him in the media without intelligence officials providing some kind of factual basis: “ ‘We don’t know if he had help from aliens.’ ‘You know, I have serious questions about whether he really exists.’ ”

“It’s just amazing that these massive media institutions don’t have any sort of editorial position on this. I mean these are pretty serious allegations, you know? The media has a major role to play in American society, and they’re really abdicating their responsibility to hold power to account.”

Snowden explained that “Russia was never intended” to be his place of asylum, but he “was stopped en route.” “I was only transiting through Russia. I was ticketed for onward travel via Havana—a planeload of reporters documented the seat I was supposed to be in—but the State Department decided they wanted me in Moscow, and cancelled my passport.”

“When we were talking about possibilities for asylum in Latin America, the United States forced down the Bolivian President’s plane.” If he could travel without U.S. interference, “I would of course do so.”

“Due to extraordinary planning involved, in nine months, no one has credibly shown any harm to national security” from the revelations, “nor any ill intent.” “The President himself admitted both that changes are necessary and that he is certain the debate my actions started will make us stronger.”

Snowden said that he “knew what he was getting into” when he became a whistleblower. “At least the American public has a seat at the table now. It may sound trite,” but if “I end up disgraced in a ditch somewhere, but it helps the country, it will still be worth it.”

A senior F.B.I. official said on Sunday that it was still the bureau’s conclusion that Mr. Snowden acted alone,” the New York Times reported this weekend, adding that the agency has not publicly revealed any evidence that he was working in conjunction with any foreign intelligence agency or government.

Snowden Lawyer Asks Russia Police For Protection/Investigation Into US Officials’ Death Threats, Wants Them Identified

In Archive, NSA, Russia, Snowden, Surveillance on January 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM

01/21/2014

RT:

NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, will ask Russian law enforcers to protect him, his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, has said. The former NSA contractor is concerned about his safety after seeing death threats coming from the US.

“We are concerned with the situation around Edward. We see the statements made by some US officials containing potential and implicit threats and openly calling for causing him bodily harm,” Kucherena said.

One such statement published by BuzzFeed quoted a US Army intelligence officer describing in detail how he would have assassinated Snowden, if he “had the chance.”

“We would end it very quickly… Just casually walking on the streets of Moscow, coming back from buying his groceries. Going back to his flat and he is casually poked by a passerby. He thinks nothing of it at the time starts to feel a little woozy and thinks it’s a parasite from the local water. He goes home very innocently and next thing you know he dies in the shower,” the chillingly detailed fantasy said.

“This is a real death threat and we are concerned about the fact it has prompted no reaction from anybody. That is why we will file a request to the police… We will ask the law enforcers to examine and investigate all such statements,” Kucherena said.

He stressed that according to Russian law, a death threat carries criminal liability.

Snowden’s refugee status makes him fully entitled to ask the police for help, the lawyer said.

Speaking to the Russian TV channel, Vesti 24, Kucherena said Snowden is constantly accompanied by his private guards, but given the threats, this “might not be enough” to ensure his security.

The lawyer said he will demand that the US authorities look into the threatening statements published in the US media, adding that their authors should be identified.

“The people who make extremist statements do so while wearing a mask – they do not reveal their identities. We will ask for these people’s masks to come off. We must know who this NSA officer is, who issues orders about ways to eliminate Edward Snowden,” Kucherena stressed.

The US government “must take note of such statements,” the lawyer added.

Funeral of US / Coalition Airstrike Victims 16th January 2014

In Activism, Afghanistan, Al Jazeera NEWSHOUR, Al-Qaeda, Archive, Barack Obama, Drones, leaksource, Military, NATO, twitter, U.K., UAE, UAE, UK, UN, USA, USA, video on January 21, 2014 at 7:45 AM

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Funeral for the Victims of US / Coalition Airstrike 16th January 2014 .

On the full moon 15th  January 2014 a US-led international military coalition airstrike, killed 12 civilians and four Taliban fighters.

A team of more than 70 Afghan commandos with a few US Special Operations Forces carried out the operation  in eastern Parwan province.

Friday 19th January,the Kabul restaurant attack on  was seen as retaliation for the airstrike.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has demanded an end to coalition operations ahead of a US Troop withdrawal in 2014.

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Martin Luther King Jr. FBI File

In Archive, FBI, MLK, Surveillance on January 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

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Related Link: Declassified Documents Reveal NSA Spied on Vietnam War Critics, Including MLK, Muhammad Ali, and Senator Frank Church

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