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Genuine whistleblowers do not flee to China, Russia, Cuba, Ecuador, or other far left countries who are adversaries or even enemies of the United States. They don't become willing mouthpieces for Chinese propaganda. Snowden is no whistleblower and he is certainly no hero.  He is a fugitive, a criminal, and someone who has betrayed his trust to the country that entrusted him with its secrets. 
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For the past the decades I have come to think of the American politics as a cold civil war. There is an old joke about one can't tell the players without a program. Today, I need a program. After seeing that photo of Obama and Putin at their recent summit I was taken aback at the thought their our two nations roles seems reversed. Just of whom is the socialist now? Of whom is the traitor? 
 
I have a question. You're right when stresses that China or Russia are not precise spot where there can be discussed freedom's and divinity's affairs there. But you should not defend the present Government because they do very strange things that are out of any American's principles! If they killed a foreign man and cannot explain why FBI did it then they may kill Snowden without any trial proceedings. You are wrong as a whole because Snowden said very important thing that information about people in USA and countries that are close to USA is not protected from hostile hacking. He said that and you don't pay attention on that fact. When the Government collect information about me it is one thing but when that information may be used by third parties and people for their own interests and benefits it is quite another matter.
 
No one is defending the Obama Administration! But I don't trust a single word that comes out of Snowden's mouth. He is a fugitive and criminal who violated his security clearance and helped the Chinese spout propaganda. He has zero credibility with me. 
 
I am suspect of Snowden's motives. Again, I wish I had a program. Civil wars are tricky. During the hot ones they were uniforms.
 
Once again, Mr. Snowden is not the story here - he is just the messenger. The real story is the message itself - that our government did not recognize and observe it's own whistleblower program. Instead, whistleblowers who followed the rules got referred to the Justice Department for prosecution under espionage laws! 

How the government deliberately unchained itself from our Constitution after 9-11, and embarked on an extraordinarily broad surveillance program, turning America into a systemic, broad, leviathan surveillance state. The government, after 9-11, willfully decided that eroding the liberties and freedoms of Americans wasn't important.

That's the real story here. Snowden is just a pawn.
 
Snowden may be used by anyone like knife in hands of surgeon, cook or killer with different results
 
whatever Snowden's intentions, Obama is a greater threat to the US and world than Snowden and so called 'global warming'!
 
He had no choice but to fly to any country which doesn't have a bilateral extradition treaty with the USA.
 
Ecuador isn't a far left country. Try again. 
 
I'd make a pact with the devil, had I been fighting for survival. 
 
If Cuba is a 'safe transit point' +Peter Bromberg why did Fox News Sunday report today that he's going there on Monday after going to Ecuador??
 
The other reason I'm becoming skeptical about Snowden's intentions...he's desperate, therefore vulnerable, what kind of secrets will he reveal in exchange for his life/safety, but also this: Uh Oh, Glen Greenwald, Anti-NSA reporter tied to Soros-funded radical left  http://sco.lt/4uPv5l
 
I don't trust Snowden or Greenwald any further than I can throw either one of them.
 
I know exactly what you mean +Ken Gardner, because I feel the same way about Julian Assange. But I didn't lose respect for him over the Bradley Manning cables, but over certain decisions he took and inconsistencies with his story. Though, the straw that broke the camel's back was over lies he told with respect to the Climategate emails. I've been calling him a liar, among other things, since mid-2010. Must have been the first person on the ultra-Liberal web site, TED.com, to initiate a conspiracy theory. Can't say I made many friends :P
 
Here's a good article:
Meet The Man In Charge Of America's Secret Cyber Army (In Which "Bonesaw" Makes A Mockery Of PRISM)
With his revelations exposing the extent of potential, and actual, pervasive NSA surveillance over the American population, Edward Snowden has done a great service for the public by finally forcing it to answer the question: is having Big Brother peek at every private communication and electronic information, a fair exchange for the alleged benefit of the state's security.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/110074735955196489718/posts/jCB8ZyWBx5B
 
+Ken Gardner
I don't trust too. Moreover I consider that Snowden is interrogated by China and Russian security services. But who is Obama is this case? And how far they have gone from American principles? 
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