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Assange writes: "It has now been a year since I entered this embassy and sought refuge from persecution. As a result of that decision, I have been able to work in relative safety from a US espionage investigation."

Julian Assange at Ecuador's UK embassy. (photo: unknown)
Julian Assange at Ecuador's UK embassy. (photo: unknown)



Edward Snowden's Ordeal Is Just Beginning

By Julian Assange, WikiLeaks

23 June 13

 

t has now been a year since I entered this embassy and sought refuge from persecution.

As a result of that decision, I have been able to work in relative safety from a US espionage investigation.

But today, Edward Snowden’s ordeal is just beginning.

Two dangerous runaway processes have taken root in the last decade, with fatal consequences for democracy.

Government secrecy has been expanding on a terrific scale.

Simultaneously, human privacy has been secretly eradicated.

A few weeks ago, Edward Snowden blew the whistle on an ongoing program - involving the Obama administration, the intelligence community and the internet services giants - to spy on everyone in the world.

As if by clockwork, he has been charged with espionage by the Obama administration.

The US government is spying on each and every one of us, but it is Edward Snowden who is charged with espionage for tipping us off.

It is getting to the point where the mark of international distinction and service to humanity is no longer the Nobel Peace Prize, but an espionage indictment from the US Department of Justice.

Edward Snowden is the eighth leaker to be charged with espionage under this president.

Bradley Manning’s show trial enters its fourth week on Monday.

After a litany of wrongs done to him, the US government is trying to convict him of "aiding the enemy."

The word "traitor" has been thrown around a lot in recent days.

But who is really the traitor here?

Who was it who promised a generation "hope" and "change," only to betray those promises with dismal misery and stagnation?

Who took an oath to defend the US constitution, only to feed the invisible beast of secret law devouring it alive from the inside out?

Who is it that promised to preside over The Most Transparent Administration in history, only to crush whistleblower after whistleblower with the bootheel of espionage charges?

Who combined in his executive the powers of judge, jury and executioner, and claimed the jurisdiction of the entire earth on which to exercise those powers?

Who arrogates the power to spy on the entire earth - every single one of us - and when he is caught red handed, explains to us that "we’re going to have to make a choice."

Who is that person?

Let’s be very careful about who we call "traitor".

Edward Snowden is one of us.

Bradley Manning is one of us.

They are young, technically minded people from the generation that Barack Obama betrayed.

They are the generation that grew up on the internet, and were shaped by it.

The US government is always going to need intelligence analysts and systems administrators, and they are going to have to hire them from this generation and the ones that follow it.

One day, their generation will run the NSA, the CIA and the FBI.

This isn’t a phenomenon that is going away.

This is inevitable.

And by trying to crush these young whistleblowers with espionage charges, the US government is taking on a generation, and that is a battle it is going to lose.

This isn’t how to fix things.

The only way to fix things is this:

Change the policies.

Stop spying on the world.

Eradicate secret law.

Cease indefinite detention without trial.

Stop assassinating people.

Stop invading other countries and sending young Americans off to kill and be killed.

Stop the occupations, and discontinue the secret wars.

Stop eating the young: Edward Snowden, Barrett Brown, Jeremy Hammond, Aaron Swartz, Gottfrid Svartholm, Jacob Appelbaum, and Bradley Manning.

The charging of Edward Snowden is intended to intimidate any country that might be considering standing up for his rights.

That tactic must not be allowed to work.

The effort to find asylum for Edward Snowden must be intensified.

What brave country will stand up for him, and recognize his service to humanity?

Tell your governments to step forward.

Step forward and stand with Snowden.

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+205 # Erowidus 2013-06-23 13:23
Well said JA; I couldn't agree more.
 
 
+103 # indian weaver 2013-06-23 16:15
Thank God Assange is in a position to publish worldwide with impunity from the horror that is amerikan injustice. Thank the Lord that Ecuadorian courage reigns above amerikan lies and cowardice / Obama's lies and cowardice. Thank God that Ecuador gave Assaange this world stage to constantly humiliate Obama and this vicious cruel torturing terrorist regime of his, now renegade, with no rule of law, exercising unbelievable destruction of everything everywhere. Black hole prisons of torture - can you believe what these evil subhumans are doing to our country and the world, and the Earth itself? Such is the classic hubris of power: it leads always to disintegration of the Imperial Cabal manifesting it. And many of us innocent civilians will suffer because of Obama in his creation of a world class nightmare - the USA. We all fear you. Happy and satisfied yet? Or do we all have to die and be tortured to make you - Obama - happy? A constitutional lawyer? Give me a break. I'd laugh along with the entire planet of sentient beings were he not such a frightening incarnation a most ultimate evil.
 
 
+41 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-06-23 17:23
When a president gets elected on his poetry, he is shortly met by those who have the real power. He is taken into the back room and "versed" on how things really work or as we say "the prose of life" is more powerful than the poetry of life." I still like Obama, but lots less after he received the Nobel Peace Prise and started "sucking up" to the real masters who make him eat their dust, lick their boots. All the wars will end when the corporate interests get what they want such as Mitt Romney, George Bush, Dick Cheney, etc. with their favored tax status and trasfer the costs of war debt to the middle class and the poor.

"President" Mitch McConell and "Vice President" John boehner. Do you really think they and all the powerful money backing them
will "permit" Obama to play out his role in a Democratic manner as president?

What you want a new school? How selfish of you! "You" have war debts to pay!! What? You want new bridges to replace those that are failing. "You" have war debts to pay!! Those who will not have to pay the money war debts are those who have paid the ultimate price, who "come home" in a coffin and or a severly disfunctional body and brain.
 
 
+8 # Harbinger 2013-06-24 05:47
". . . the real masters who make him eat their dust, lick their boots."

Eldon, you appear to have the President Obama confused with Flip (The Devil Made Me Do it) Wilson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SLifea3NHQ
 
 
+19 # Glen 2013-06-24 06:01
Eldon, Obama was "taken into the back room" long before he declared his run for president. Nobody enters that world innocently.
 
 
+8 # SeniorCitizen31 2013-06-24 07:40
True, Glen, very true, and when it's some klutz like George W. Bush, he gets a well deserved ration of criticism. But when it's a man who graduated from Columbia AND Harvard (summa cum laude, yet) and edited the Harvard Law Review, in that case we are not supposed to notice his imperial behavior when HE becomes president. We can't even say "tut tut" unless we match Obama's academic achievements. Bloedorn has spoken
 
 
+3 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-06-24 14:27
I did not observe Bush or Cheney ever fighting for Universal Health Care. So, I'm being fair and critical of Obama. I am not a Republican or a Democrat. Just a Progressive who asks a few questions about our porential representatives before I vote for them?
1. What vision do you have for our school children, especially addressing math and science? How will you implement your vision? The U.S. is 25 in the world in math and science scores based on the upper quartile.
2. what vision do you have for rebuilding America's infrastructure? How will you implement it?
3. What vision do you have for getting off fossil fuels using "natural energy?" How will you implement your vision?
4. How will you bring manufacturing back to America?
5. How will you get Americans to agree that to not provide Universal Health Care makes the U.S. ignorant as regards rhe rest of the industrialized world. How would you implement Universal Health Care?

Of course, there are other questions. I look at a candidate and I want to know if the above issues are foremost in that candidates mind. That is why and how I vote. I do think Americans are beginning to believe that to shout the conservative slogan, "This is the greatest country in the owrld" is beginning to sound like bull shit. No country ever progressed when as a nation it runs 150 high school "drop out" factories.
 
 
-2 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-06-24 16:51
Excuse me! In 2010, the U.S. had approximately 1500 high schools which fail to graduate no more than 60 % of their students. The number of "drop out factories" which I quoted came from The Bill Maher show a few months ago. Well, even Bill Maher can be wrong.
 
 
+1 # WestWinds 2013-06-25 03:02
>>>"I did not observe Bush or Cheney ever fighting for Universal Health Care."
 
 
+4 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-06-24 14:38
Keep one thing in mind. When the conservatives were still sane, the Universal Health Care program was Bob Dole's idea.

The Tea Baggers were created by powerful interests and responded to "black." I doubt the Tea Bagger idea would even be considered if Obama were not black.
 
 
+1 # Jack Gibson 2013-06-26 18:13
No, the Tea Party was created by the Ron Paul libertarians, and was fairly right-on at that point; but it was sabotaged, hijacked and co-opted by the GOP and the neoliberal neocons, and then became the evil entity that it is today. "Liberals", "progressives" and "conservatives" have very short memories that are conveniently "beneficial" to them and their agendas, and to their often if not usually forgetting the true roots of things that it is convenient for their side to forget, particularly so they can demonize those things and falsely claim that the things they demonize were supposedly "always" evil even if they were not. It's all very, VERY convenient.

The Tea Party started out as an excellent experiment in the exercise of constitutional liberty, but it was completely corrupted by the evil GOP and made into the exact reverse of what it was originally created and designed to represent, which was to restore our constitutional republic. The neocon neoliberals, and/or neo-fascists, who are turning the U.S. into a corporate-fasci st totalitarian militarized police state, and bringing the U.S. and the world under global government enslavement, couldn't have that, so they infiltrated, sabotaged, hijacked and co-opted it for their own designs and agenda, destroying the U.S., the exact opposite of what it was intended for.
 
 
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-06-24 14:33
There is a back room and then there is "The Back Room."
 
 
0 # WestWinds 2013-06-25 02:57
#Eldon J. Bloedorn:
>>"All the wars will end when the corporate interests get what they want..."
 
 
+2 # motamanx 2013-06-25 07:14
God, I hope that empty suit Mitch McConnell isn't really calling the shots. He is wrong about 100% of the time.
 
 
0 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-06-25 09:01
Amen (so be it), brother indian weaver. And, hero of mine, precious Julian Assange, thank God for you and what you stand for. Good does overcome evil, often through good, brave, determined prophets (truth tellers) such as you. God bless and keep you.
 
 
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-06-25 11:13
To: ritaague. "Good will overcome evil." That might be true. That happens most often when evil wins big time. When the predators are gloating and the poor and middle class are suffering, if there is a strong leader for "the good" then good overtakes evil. An example of whether or not good overtakes evil? Where is bush today? Moving on to his new ranch in another country. Where is Cheney today? He is trying to rally the hawks like McCain to start another war.
 
 
+131 # DurangoKid 2013-06-23 16:29
Who betrayed whom?

Obama wouldn't have made it to the presidency unless he could demonstrate his loyalty to the 1%. Since being elected, he's shown that loyalty in many ways. He's kept the military segment of the imperial project on course. He's pursued ever greater levels of secrecy. I'd run out of symbols before I could make a complete list. Yes, many of us voted for Obama, but does that really imply an enforceable contract between us and him? Can we bring a suit against him if he doesn't represent our interests?

That Obama betrayed the citizens of the US is to fail to perceive that you cannot betray those you were never loyal to in the first place.

Snowden on the other hand, unlike Obama, acted out of loyalty to the 99% and that by definition is treachery against the 1%. And it's the 1% that will persecute him and his memory. They'll use the courts and media to demonize him and promote the idea that Snowden betrayed us all, when in reality, it's the only the 1% that has their knickers in a twist.

At some point the US 1% might corner Snowden in some weak-kneed jurisdiction. I hope it never happens, but if so, donate to his defense fund. You can be sure the NSA will count all of our numbers and know each of us by name. I hope it's a file big enough to crash one of their servers.
 
 
+39 # indian weaver 2013-06-23 17:27
I had to laugh at the "crash one of their servers" line. At some point, this kind of unexpected glitch will happen, due to overload as you suggest. I'd say we all need to volunteer to be put in the NSA database, just for good measure and so we can stop worrying about it then. Like having a dent in a vehicle, it relieves you of worrying about it getting dented! Overload with an accompanying vacuum trying to support it, we get implosion. That is why the government is rapidly headed to catastrophe - we have less and less within our own borders: infrastructure, jobs and resources for survival among us The People, and trying to support a massive overload of data and military materiel, the crush is inevitable, implosion according the laws of vacuum trying to support weight. It's gonna give. It just adds up that way - simple arithmetic, not rocket science or algebra.
 
 
+10 # DurangoKid 2013-06-23 20:20
The center is bled to support the periphery. It's a problem shared by all empires. And we all know how empires end up.

This latest empire is based on industrialism. Seems like in less than 300 years it will have blown through all the resources of material and energy that sustain it. Then the human experiment will return to an era of limits imposed by solar flux. We've reached an extreme case of overshoot. It seems as if a dieback of some sort is inevitable.

Imagine living in a society without heat engines to do work but still has computing engines to do arithmetic. All process heat will be limited to biomass, wind, or concentrating the Sun's rays.

All this fussing around about secrecy will seem quaint.
 
 
+12 # tpmco 2013-06-24 00:23
I agree that the industrializati on of USA was the engine of our country, but the accumulation of wealth has since been handed to the progeny of those industrialists. Those people are more interested in monopolistic capitalism and financial instruments to continue their wealth generation.

They don't produce. They only destroy.
 
 
+7 # DurangoKid 2013-06-24 11:34
Don't forget outright fraud.
 
 
+56 # tigerlille 2013-06-23 16:49
Well done, pure and simple.
 
 
-223 # drivensnow 2013-06-23 16:53
We do not need to be lectured by a foreign traitor who is in hiding from rape charges. Snowden is a traitor who is looking for an anti-American Communist nation to take him in and make him a hero as he attempts to destroy America and hand over our protections to the terrorists. I am sure Al Qaeda can help him find a country worthy of his betrayal. These guys are not whistleblowers as they want you to believe. They are traitors who want Al Qaeda and the terrorists of the world to succeed. If they hate America and the free world so much, just open a vein and drift off to your utopia. We need to remain safe and secure and these traitors should be dealt with according to our laws. I am not a terrorist nor am I involved in any plot against America so the Government can read my emails, and listen in on any phone calls I make......I have nothing to hide. Shame on these traitors !!!
 
 
+32 # Aaron Tovish 2013-06-23 17:11
the Government can read my emails, and listen in on any phone calls I make......I have nothing to hide.
....
Drivensnow: You are a free person, I invite you to CC (not BCC!) the NSA on all your future emails and see how many friends you have left after a couple of months.
 
 
+65 # reiverpacific 2013-06-23 17:25
Quoting drivensnow:
We do not need to be lectured by a foreign traitor who is in hiding from rape charges. Snowden is a traitor who is looking for an anti-American Communist nation to take him in and make him a hero as he attempts to destroy America and hand over our protections to the terrorists. I am sure Al Qaeda can help him find a country worthy of his betrayal. These guys are not whistleblowers as they want you to believe. They are traitors who want Al Qaeda and the terrorists of the world to succeed. If they hate America and the free world so much, just open a vein and drift off to your utopia. We need to remain safe and secure and these traitors should be dealt with according to our laws. I am not a terrorist nor am I involved in any plot against America so the Government can read my emails, and listen in on any phone calls I make......I have nothing to hide. Shame on these traitors !!!

I'm as pure as the driven-slush, believing that they actually want the people of the US to know who the true traitors, betrayers, manipulators and warmongers are that send young Americans out to die for a lie and make them richer than ever.
Has if ever occurred to you o' pure one, that if the US quit screwing around with other nations (and arming real stinking dictatorships), they wouldn't have to be so damn secretive, paranoid and yes -guilty as the blowback mounts?!
If you think America is free, you are wantonly ignoring it's past and current truth to the contrary !
 
 
+47 # caylworth@gmail.com 2013-06-23 17:26
Quoting drivensnow:
I am not a terrorist nor am I involved in any plot against America so the Government can read my emails, and listen in on any phone calls I make......I have nothing to hide. Shame on these traitors !!!

If this is true Mr/Ms "Snow" why are you posting here with a false name? If you have ever had unwed sex, I'll bet you are just as guilty of rape as Julian Assange is. Prove that you aren't.
 
 
+59 # BobbyLip 2013-06-23 17:29
Assange can't be a traitor, you nitwit, because he's not an American. Have you ever read the Bill of Rights, you fool? Can you read? Can you think? And "drivensnow"? That's pretty subtle. You're the traitor. You're a traitor to the US Constitution, which Obama and all the NSA pukes took an oath to defend. People like you make me sick. Thanks for sharing.
 
 
+44 # Doubter 2013-06-23 17:34
You are either mentally retarded or a CIA troll. Which is it?
If the latter - congratulations - you were effective enough to goad me into responding even after having decided to stop sticking my neck out.
 
 
+29 # Elin48 2013-06-23 17:35
drivensnow are you well?
 
 
+49 # Kootenay Coyote 2013-06-23 17:43
Al Qaida is not Communist. Snowden is not a traitor.

"I have nothing to hide."

Don't you wear pants?
 
 
+21 # Mannstein 2013-06-23 19:51
Quoting drivensnow:
I am not a terrorist nor am I involved in any plot against America so the Government can read my emails, and listen in on any phone calls I make......I have nothing to hide. Shame on these traitors !!!


Neither am I a terrorist nor am I involved in any plot against America but no the Government cannot read my mail nor listen in to my phone conversations without going through FISA especially if they share this information with foreign governments such as the state of Israel.
 
 
+10 # Mannstein 2013-06-23 20:01
The Department of Justice couldn't even get the legal paper work straight which it submitted to Hong Kong for extradition. What sort of dolts do they have on their payroll?
 
 
-2 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-06-24 17:54
Maybe, just maybe the authorities in Hong Kong, China were not looking for "properly filled" out extradition forms. Maybe those political entities just didn't want to issue an approved extradition to the U.S. Why? Well, they apparently have their reasons.
 
 
+4 # motamanx 2013-06-25 07:09
Let's say the hero who stood in front of the tanks at Tiananmen Square came to the US for asylum. Would we send him back to China if China asked for his return (so they could arrest him for treason)?
 
 
+13 # soularddave 2013-06-23 20:09
I guess everybody has to eventually pick which side they're on. I think you've demonstrated which side you're on. You may get lonely.

It seems that we left-wing radicals and right wing tea party extremists have found another thing upon which to agree. It looks like the "center" may not hold, as issue after issue weaves us together with issues more important that who's loving whom, who's crossing the border which way, and how much we are being taxed to spy on ourselves (and everybody else). Complex issues are becoming crystal clear, and maybe, soon, the 99% may agree on something.
 
 
+9 # BobbyLip 2013-06-24 04:01
Stupid people are never lonely.
 
 
+15 # soularddave 2013-06-23 20:32
By my calculations, you're getting a "thumb down" every 2-3 minutes. I think you help people figure out whose side they're on.

Spy on THIS.
 
 
+9 # Douglas Jack 2013-06-23 20:41
Driven, It seems your handlers haven't informed you that Al CIAda is a Facebook, CIA, NSA diversion, funded, armed & fed by your same CIA to create hell. It started with Obama-bin-Laden (intentional spelling) being funded by Al CIAda to create hell in Afghanistan against the Soviet supported government. Girls going to Afghani schools was too much for the CIA & since then 1,000,000 Afghani's have died in the US supported conflict.

Al CIAda driven hell continues in 80 countries worldwide where the Finance-Media-M ilitary-Industr ial-Complex of US, Canada, NATO & Israel are arming dissidents to destabilize governments for resource acquisition. A recent NATO sponsored survey in Syria put support for Assad at 70% of the population. http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/05/31/nato-data-assad-winning-the-war-for-syrians-hearts-and-minds/

I suggest that you hunt up source documents for each belief which drives you to war & attacking patriots like Snowden, Assange, Manning & engage the authors in 'debate' (French 'de' = 'undo' + 'bate' = 'the fight') You will find your handlers have been misleading you, so then bring together both sides in debate to find out the truth. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/both-sides-now-equal-time-recorded-dialogues
 
 
+4 # Phlippinout 2013-06-24 07:47
and the blind patriots still speak without apologizing to all for us for their support of those who kill democracy inch by inch. A day will come when you are the ones to be shamed!
 
 
+4 # Dion Giles 2013-06-25 00:28
The very notion that a foreigner to the USA can be a traitor to the USA expresses the blind arrogance of American exceptionalists like "drivensnow". There are a lot more foreigners than Americans in the world, buster, and the arrogance of American exceptionalism earns the contempt and resentment of those of us who are fortunate enough to belong out in the world, and growing contempt for non-Americans like Australia's Julia Gillard or the UK's William Hague who kowtow to America. Decent Americans like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden and the sort of people who run efforts like RSN are a buffer against America ending up copping the sort of global mass hatred that Germany took a couple of generations to overcome.
 
 
+48 # seeuingoa 2013-06-23 17:06
Obama is like a 90 year old hooker,
the darker the night the more success.

Whistleblowers united, please light up
this world before it is too late.

You are desparately needed.
 
 
+15 # karenvista 2013-06-23 21:01
Quoting seeuingoa:
Obama is like a 90 year old hooker,
the darker the night the more success.

Whistleblowers united, please light up
this world before it is too late.

You are desparately needed.


Whenever whistleblowers do try to go through "channels" they are fired and dragged through court for years until they are broke or dead. I've seen several of them being interviewed and their lives are made a living hell, or worse.

When they decide that trying to go through channels is useless and go outside they are charged under the Espionage Act or have to stay on the run to avoid rendition or solitary confinement and a possible death penalty or life imprisonment like Bradley Manning.

People who talk about how they might have broken a contract make me sick.

What they are telling us is that those we elected and the people they appointed have broken their pledges "to protect and defend the Constitution, from all enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC."

It is not a crime to warn us that we are being consistently lied to. Our republic requires an educated electorate to survive.

Those who want us kept in the dark and are willing to give up our rights because THEY are cowards are enemies of the Constitution.

I hope they will recall that the Bush Administration told us more than 10 years ago that "al Qaeda" operatives weren't using phones or the internet anymore because they knew that we tracked them.

We were the only ones who didn't know...
 
 
+29 # hutchr 2013-06-23 17:06
I'm afraid that J. Assange is a bit too sure that the newer genertions will fight for openness, etc. Perhaps in the world that is coming up like in China, Mexico, and other 3rd world countries and former colonies that are fast growing up into the first world. The US still produces believers in "American Exceptionalism" and I think that they will fight until the end for the American Empire. I have only voted once for a Democrat and that was for Obama. I will never vote for nor have I for a Republican. But with the actions of Obama and the treason of the likes of Feinsstein, Pelosi and others that brought us the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and the promised occupation of the latter, I will have to always vote for 3rd party candidates. Robert Hutchinson
 
 
-29 # jfe 2013-06-23 17:10
So long a individual members of our humanity accept citizenship in a nation, they are bound by that nation's laws. Snowden was bound further by the terms of his contract of employment which he entered voluntarily. He violated his contract. Whether he violated his nation's law is less certain. Certainly, all of Mr Assange's suggestions for fixing things make sense, except his hyperbolic "Stop eating the young." I believe he and all persons of honor could easily be satisfied if the rest of the suggestions were adopted as policy and honored by their keeping.
 
 
+18 # Anarchist 23 2013-06-23 21:58
So if we are only following orders we are not guilty of any crime? ...forget about Nuremberg trials of the Nazis...just a blip ...move along , noting to see here....
 
 
+13 # Harbinger 2013-06-24 06:17
"So long a individual members of our humanity accept citizenship in a nation, they are bound by that nation's laws."

But Obama isn't bound by the US Constitution? You know, the part about freedom of assembly, speech, freedom from illegal searches, etc.
 
 
-20 # egbegb 2013-06-23 17:12
Please inform us of the other six people.
While Manning and Snowden did not do what they did for gain, Lois Lerner did. Here treachery was for political gain.
 
 
+7 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2013-06-23 19:51
Quoting egbegb:
Please inform us of the other six people.
While Manning and Snowden did not do what they did for gain, Lois Lerner did. Here treachery was for political gain.


Shamai Leibowitz, Thomas Drake, Stephen Kim, Jeffrey Sterling, John Kiriakou and James Hitselberger
 
 
+24 # karenvista 2013-06-23 21:49
Quoting egbegb:
Please inform us of the other six people.
While Manning and Snowden did not do what they did for gain, Lois Lerner did. Here treachery was for political gain.



Russ Tice, Thomas Drake, William Binney and J. Kirk Wiebe , all NSA Career Officers-Thomas Tamm, Dept. of Justice-Mark Klein,AT&T- John Kiriakou, CIA and many more.

As usual you are focusing on the inconsequential . Here's what's important:

The NSA is wiretapping/cop ying email and other digital data on everybody in power, including members of Congress, (including Obama,)Generals , journalists and other people in power. They use it to blackmail our officials and media. They have been collecting it for years.

Russ Tice, finished his 30 year career at the NSA. He has many medals and citations from the Air Force and the NSA, and is among the whistleblowers who went up the chain of command to stop it and was ignored. He went to members of Congress and told them and they wouldn't listen. Eight years ago he went to the media and they weren't interested.

Last week he was finally allowed on TV (MSNBC) and was told that he couldn't say who had been targeted on air and was given a softball interview. Not what he was looking for...

If you actually want a good source for such info go to the Corbett Report or BoilingFrogsPos t, Sibel Edmonds site.

If you just want to pretend it isn't happening, don't bother and watch Fox News.
 
 
+25 # reiverpacific 2013-06-23 17:15
¡Viva Ecuador! !Viva Correa!
!Viven ellos bravos que soplan los secretos para conocimiento de nosotros publicos!
 
 
+54 # motamanx 2013-06-23 17:34
Cheney is the traitor--for outing Valerie Plame. That is the real treason. What Bradley and Snowden did is something else. They illuminated corners of our government's operations in places that the government said did not exist.
 
 
+13 # stevenf 2013-06-23 17:45
Sounds like Obama (Drivensnow)
took time out from his busy schedule prosecuting
whistle blowers to make the silly comment here.
 
 
+14 # ishmael 2013-06-23 17:45
Mr Obama is proving to be as devisive a figure as those who have always despised him can make him.
 
 
+38 # Kathymoi 2013-06-23 17:52
It is getting to the point where the mark of international distinction and service to humanity is no longer the Nobel Peace Prize, but an espionage indictment from the US Department of Justice. well put.
 
 
+11 # Harbinger 2013-06-24 06:10
Yes, being indicted for treason against the Obama government is akin to being put on Richard Nixon's hit list. A true badge of honor.
 
 
+15 # da gaf 2013-06-23 19:09
it seems to indicate that more and more the government officials are like baby wearing diapers -that got to be changed regularly-'cos they start to stink to high heaven!-

too many politicians are allowed to stay longer and longer- and unlike wine they don't improve in time..time to throw these dirty officials(diape rs) out for good
 
 
+12 # angelfish 2013-06-23 19:50
There USED to be a time in this Country when Justice was SERVED and we were a Beacon of Freedom and Justice for the rest of the World who sought it and yearned for it more desperately than for air. In this Twenty First Century Amerika,the REAL criminals NEVER get charged, much less, indicted for their treacherous, treasonous machinations. The "shrubs", Cheneys Rices, and Rumsfelds of the Worlds ALWAYS get off Scott free. Banksters get bailed out by the working poor who can't even house, feed or clothe their children but the BANKS get "bailed out"! People like Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden have paid and will continue to pay the price of OUR freedoms. Looks like "Hope and Change" has gone the way of Justice in this Country. Dare I hope that they will EVER be revived?
 
 
+4 # WestWinds 2013-06-25 03:27
Ah, Angelfish, it's "Scot Free" not Scott Free. (Just keeping it honest.)

The etymology of this phrase shows the danger of trying to prove a case on circumstantial evidence alone. In fact, the phrase isn't 'scott free', it is 'scot free' and it has nothing to do with Mr.[Dred]Scott.

Given the reputation of Scotsmen as being careful with their money we might look to Scotland for the origin of 'scot free'. Wrong again, but at least we are in the right part of the world now. 'Skat' is a Scandinavian word for tax or payment and the word migrated to Britain and mutated into 'scot' as the name of a redistributive taxation, levied as early the 10th century as a form of municipal poor relief.

'Scot' as a term for tax has been used since then in various forms - Church scot, Rome scot, Soul scot and so on. Whatever the tax, the phrase 'getting off scot free' simply refers to not paying one's taxes.

No one likes paying tax and people have been getting off scot free since at least the 11th century. The first reference in print to 'scot free' is in the Writ of Edward the Confessor. We don't have a precise date for the writ but Edward died in 1066, which is a long time before Dred Scott. ***
 
 
+10 # robcarter.vn 2013-06-23 20:08
Government secrecy has been expanding on a terrific scale. Rob Says: and as I was just about to say those same Governments are diminishing our Humanity & Constitutional rights to our own private secrecy communications with our mates etc. Simultaneously, human privacy has been secretly eradicated.
 
 
+12 # ladymidath 2013-06-23 20:22
Well said, I could not agree more. As a mother and a grandmother, what I see happening is frightening. This is not the world that I want my grandchildren to grow up in. I want my kids and their kids to live in a world where they do not have to fear their government. Shame on Obama for the foul tactics he is using. He should be forced to hand his Nobel Peace Prize over.
 
 
+8 # IsadoreDubinsky 2013-06-23 20:43
I not only voted for Obama, but I worked for his election twice, thinking he would be better than Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al. Now the Democrats, (I am a life long one), Obama, Feinstein, Polosi and Franken have become as bad as the Republicans.

Who, oh who, will stand up to those who would take away our freedoms?
 
 
+6 # WestWinds 2013-06-25 03:28
The Green Party; they have NO corporate ties and they have never worked for Goldman Sachs.
 
 
+12 # SlowerFuse 2013-06-23 21:19
the ignorance displayed in the statement above "I have nothing to hide" is all too common. it will prove lethal,,,,far greater a threat
than any external enemy..
dealing with "these people" seems as impossible
as effecting any meaningful/ positive change in our government .
We are in trouble. ( guess I was the last to find out)
 
 
+8 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2013-06-23 21:45
These revelations have shone a spotlight on some profound ironies. Here are just two:

1) According to firedoglake.com , the sealed indictment of Edward Snowden for leaking "which was filed on June 14 and leaked to the press yesterday…”

2) The ultra right wing has loudly campaigned for no restrictions on guns. If the current revelations are the proverbial tip of the iceberg and if the old right wing claims of Obama wanting to be a dictator not a president prove to be true, the ones to profit most from the intransigence of the NRA will not be the right wing rednecks who think the Bill of Rights is something they have to pay. It will be Progressives and Conservatives who believe in our Constitution who will be able to arm and oppose this oppression in a more tangible fashion than just posting endlessly on the Internet.

*Do you suppose as his Administration nears its end there will be a government orchestrated attack on some popular icon, say Disneyland, and he will be forced to declare a National Emergency requiring suspension of the Constitution including Presidential elections and the two-term limit for Presidents? Of course, he'll have to continue His presidency until "the cessation of hostilities."
 
 
+14 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2013-06-23 21:48
We have to change how we label people. A class war has been being waged here in America. It pits the “evil” 1% against the “good” 99%. The 1% are all the rich and powerful people and the 99% are the rest of us. Follow the money/power. Who BENEFITED from this war? If you are a logical individual, Snowden’s information must cause you to reassess this false assignment of good and evil. There are thousands if not millions of ordinary citizens in this country who see no problem with the NSA spying. They support the government’s “War on Terror,” just as they supported FDR’s internment camps for Japanese Americans. They believe the Patriot Act is good and giving up some of our Constitutional rights in exchange for preventing another 9/11 is a good trade. They are NOT on our side. Steven Wozniak is one of the 1%. His take: "All these things I thought about the Constitution that made us so good as people -- they're kinda nothing. They all dissolved with the Patriot Act." “I read the Constitution and I don't know how all this stuff happened. It's so clear what the Constitution says. It's extremely clear in the Bill of Rights. One thing after another, after another. It just got overturned, and that's what a king does. The king just goes out and has anyone rounded up, killed, put in secret prisons.”
 
 
+11 # Milarepa 2013-06-24 01:27
I live in Stockholm and know that the accusations against Assange are largely trumped up, would probably be thrown out at the first hearing in any reasonably impartial court. That however you will not find in Stockholm. 95 percent of the Stockholm media have already sentenced him. He'd better stay away from Sweden and the US, which is what he has been doing.
 
 
+4 # Dion Giles 2013-06-25 00:44
How many Swedes welcome their country being placed at the beck and call of the US government? By traitors? How many Swedes are aware that without this Mr Assange would have long ago gone to Stockholm if required, to deal with the trumped-up charges against him?
 
 
+5 # WestWinds 2013-06-25 03:34
Yes, sadly the Obama regime has gotten Sweden to drink the Kool-aid and now they are just as dangerous and out of control as the rest of this global mess.
 
 
+9 # patmonk 2013-06-24 08:58
Wake up, Rise up, Stand up for your rights.
Meet the new Boss - same as the old Boss.
Wake up, Stand up, Rise up for your rights.
Or we WILL get fooled again.
 
 
+5 # fredboy 2013-06-24 19:53
Yes, the truth is now evil, and evil is heroic. Can our society get any sicker?
 
 
0 # RobertMStahl 2013-06-30 11:11
Paul Craig Roberts

Arthur Silber
 

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