Snowden seems to be someone looking for quite a bit of attention. He revealed his identity when most would prefer to remain anonymous and now he's conducting Q and A sessions via chat rooms to further explain his motives.
That's where we learn that Snowden appears to be an angry, disenfranchised leftist, embittered by Obama's empty promises.
NSA leaker Edward Snowden on Monday criticized President Barack Obama for empty promises in a wide-ranging online interview, saying that the president’s alleged failings influenced his decision to release the secret information on government surveillance.Ever since this NSA leak was made public, I've seen two very separate - and perhaps equally significant - issues. One is - based on all of the other Obama scandals (particularly IRS-gate, AP Reporter-gate, James Rosen-gate, and now Sharyl Atkisson-gate) - the issue of what the federal government is doing relative to information / data on law-abiding citizens. The credibility gap in this regard is cavernous with this administration; White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is reduced to lying his face off at practically every daily briefing.
“Obama’s campaign promises and election gave me faith that he would lead us toward fixing the problems he outlined in his quest for votes. Many Americans felt similarly. Unfortunately, shortly after assuming power, he closed the door on investigating systemic violations of law, deepened and expanded several abusive programs, and refused to spend the political capital to end the kind of human rights violations like we see in Guantanamo, where men still sit without charge,” Snowden said in a response to a question from a commenter on The Guardian’s website.
The other issue has to do with the legality of Snowden's behavior. Many have seen fit to conflate the other Obama scandals with what Snowden has revealed and deemed him a patriot. I must admit, I'm coming around to Cliff Kincaid's position relative to Snowden's behavior being treasonous, not patriotic. That Snowden has such a bleeding heart for Islamic jihadists in Cuba says quite a bit.
Kincaid looks at both Snowden and the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, the writer who published Snowden's leaks. Greenwald is a far leftist who, like Snowden, doesn't have a clue about the Islamic threat to America.
Via USA Survival:
The fingerprints of America’s enemies and adversaries are all over the disclosures about the NSA’s terrorist surveillance program. It is significant that NSA contract employee Edward Snowden would flee to Hong Kong—controlled by China—and that he would select Glenn Greenwald, a far-left columnist, as his mouthpiece.One thing is clear; Snowden broke the law. There are ways for "whistleblowers" to be protected if they follow the proper channels. Snowden did not do this; that is a fact. Indications are that the NSA leaker did what he did out of anger from Obama's left-wing, not out of patriotism.
Greenwald, an open homosexual now living with his “husband” in Brazil, came to our attention in 2009 when he proudly received an award named after I.F. Stone, a leftist journalist exposed as a Soviet agent.
After first giving Greenwald and his then-secret source tons of favorable publicity and softball coverage, the media seem to be having second thoughts, with CNN asking about Snowden, “Is this guy a hero or a traitor?” Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, told the channel that Snowden is “a defector” from the U.S.
Former CIA officer Robert Baer told CNN that Edward Snowden may be a Chinese agent under the control of the Chinese regime. Referring to the fact that Snowden has fled to Hong Kong, Baer said the region is “controlled by Chinese intelligence” and that “I’ve talked to a bunch of people in Washington today in official positions and they are looking at this as a potential Chinese espionage case.”
Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian columnist who used Snowden as his source, is no fan of the United States. He specializes in articles protesting tough treatment of terrorists bent on destroying the U.S. and Israel. In an exchange with Bill Maher, a fellow left-winger, Greenwald even disputed the view that Islam is uniquely violent and threatening.