NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden made a break for it after Hong Kong let him leave that country on a plane bound for Russia.
U.S. officials over the weekend demanded that Hong Kong hand over the former NSA contractor, but Hong Kong officials decided the request didn’t comply with Hong Kong law. So Snowden and a posse of lawyers hopped the first jet to Moscow, presumably with U.S. agents on their heels.
The latest stories indicate that Snowden is bound for Ecuador, one of the “anti-imperialist” ALBA bloc of countries that includes Cuba and Venezuela.
Snowden’s flight from U.S. agents was an outright smack in the face to President Obama, who had talks with Chinese and Russian officials just this month. Despite that, both Beijing and Moscow seem willing to defy Obama.
Sen. Charles Schumer said Russian President Vladimir Putin must have known of and approved Snowden’s landing in Moscow. “Putin always seems almost eager to stick a finger in the eye of the United States — whether it is Syria, Iran and now of course with Snowden.”
He warned of “serious consequences” to U.S.-Russia relations.
Schumer, like most of the pro-NSA crowd, has it backwards. It’s not Putin who’s sticking it to the U.S., it’s the Obama Administration that has been running a secret war in Syria for two years and fomenting rebellions in other Muslim countries that have led to overthrowing of several governments.
Even Beijing has cause to be angry with Washington, which has been spying on Chinese computers as part of its surveillance program.
While the media waste a lot of coverage asking whether Snowden is a hero or a traitor, the real story for the American people remains the revelation of the Obama Administration’s police state surveillance of virtually every activity of every American.
Two banners hung from a Los Angeles overpass summed up the mood of many Americans. The first said simply, “Run, Snowden run.” The other said, “Arrest the NSA.”
The question on most people’s minds isn’t whether Snowden is a traitor, but how could our government so grossly betray us?