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by Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Perhaps you've noticed that Lindsay Mills, Snowden's girlfriend, has started her LS Journey again on Flickr -- and it's public (the Instagram requires approval). See here as well, where there is more text. From the latest...
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Meet The Russian Fighters Building A Base Between Mariupol And Donetsk
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By now a large body of evidence has been accumulated which proves that Russia is supplying both equipment and soldiers from its military to the Russian-backed separatists in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. Last year, the initial focus was on the weapons such as tanks and anti-aircraft missiles which were showing up in separatist-controlled [...]
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Moscow says it’s sticking to a ceasefire agreement. Meanwhile, it’s piling up troops and weapons for something that doesn’t look so peaceful.
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Russia This Week: From Medal of Valor to Ubiquitous Propaganda Symbol: the St. George Ribbon
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In Russia This Week, you will find links to the stories of Russia Update in the last week and to special features, plus an article following up on the news and trending topics below. Last issues: - What Happened to the Slow-Moving Coup? - All the Strange Things Going On in Moscow - Remembering Boris [...]
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Google is Renting Server Racks in Russia To Store User Data There - Sources
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The Family: A Film by Open Russia about Ramzan Kadyrov, Putin's 'Vassal'
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Today Open Russia, the civic movement founded by businessman and former political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, is releasing The Family, a film about Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. [...]
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House Arrest Extended for Base-Jumpers in Moscow; and Mustang is Still Fighting in Ukraine

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RT.com Falls for Ukrainian Hoax on Murder Victims' Profiles
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Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. UPDATES BELOW Russia This Week: - What Happened to the Slow-Moving Coup? - Can We Be Satisfied with the Theory That Kadyrov Killed Nemtsov? - All [...]
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@Vincent Longo

Nonsense and lies from start to finish.

1. Snowden did NOT have authorization which is why he STOLE his fellow employees' passwords. Hello!
2. He wasn't as high-ranking as he claimed. Read even the most basic biography of him on Wikipedia.
3. The government wasn't breaking the law, it abided by its own laws which were democratically decided by Congress. He himself arbitrarily broke laws and stole documents because he arrogated himself above the law.
4. He was no whistleblower and did not use any existing channels for complaints and his correspondence to this effect which he claimed was a complaint was in fact merely sophistry easily exposed by the NSA for what it was.
5. WikiLeaks is an anarchist cult. He was intimately related to WikiLeaks, as Julian Assange convinced him to escape to Russia and Sarah Harrison organized his trip to Russia and his stay there.
6. The Intercept piece mentions people like a woman with a boyfriend in the Taliban. Sorry, I don't accept that you get to hang out with the Taliban and not get under surveillance. They are mass murderers.
7. The Google engineer story is VERY shoddy. It's based on a FORMER employee's claim in London. It has NEVER been verified by the top leadership of Google who have never commented on it. The slide of what the NSA's aspirations are doesn't mean that it was achieved and we have no proof. A smiley face on a sticky isn't proof of anything.
8. Indeed Snowden deliberately fled to Russia because that's where WikiLeaks already had a pre-existing operation for the previous year. Here are the details:

http://3dblogger.typepad.com/wired_state/2013/11/snownotforcedtofleetorussia.html

9. After he stole the documents, he had 10 days before he met journalists -- he could have gone anywhere in the world where he might have had asylum, including Venezuela or Iceland. After he outed himself June 6, three long weeks went by where he still had a passport and he could have gone to other destinations because the US didn't immediately sent out the extradition request. The US suspended his passport the day he left Hong Kong and that meant that the Russians deliberately allowed him to come to Moscow because he was defecting under the guise of merely being an ideological hacker colluding with WikiLeaks. In Russia, he is under constant guard. The issue isn't the US "not letting him leave Russia" but his own choice to go to Russia which is a place he believes no US agent could ever get at him, which is what he imagines they would do in Latin America or Iceland.

Except that Iceland kicked out FBI agents who snooped around Julian Assange, and Latin American countries wouldn't allow US agents to grab Snowden -- if they did, in any event, they would look bad.

Lies that he is working with Russia? That deserves a lot more scrutiny. Snowden happily offered first China, then Brazil, then Germany documents that would tell them about the NSA's programs of surveillance on them -- in order to get asylum in any of these countries. And we're supposed to pretend that he could never have done this with Russia?!
 
"I defy anyone to listen to any Democratic apparatchik insinuate that Snowden is a Russian agent and identify any differences with how Nixon apparatchiks smeared Ellsberg (or, for that matter, how today’s warnings from Obama officials about the grave harm coming from leaks differ from the warnings issued by Bush and Nixon officials). The script for smearing never changes — it stays constant over five decades and through the establishments of both parties — and it’s one of the reasons Ellsberg so closely identifies with Snowden and has become one of his most vocal defenders.

A reader this morning pointed me to one of the most illustrative examples of this dynamic: an April 1967 New York Times editorial harshly chastising Martin Luther King for his anti-war activism. That editorial was published three days after King’s speech on the Vietnam War at the Riverside Church in New York City, which, as I have written about many times, was one of the most powerful (and radical) indictments of American militarism delivered in the 20th century."
Nixon officials smeared Ellsberg as a Russian agent, while The New York Times attacked King for "slandering" the U.S. and "whitewashing" Hanoi's crimes. All of that should sound familiar.
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