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Snowden: Americans Are Good; But Their Leaders Lie

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Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with

When he went to work for the nation's spy agencies, "I believed in the goodness of what we were doing" and in the "nobility of our intentions to free oppressed people overseas," says the so-called NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, in a month-old video But in the recording, which appears to be an effort to show Snowden explaining his motivation for spilling secrets about National Security Agency surveillance programs, he goes on to say that the nation's leaders are "misleading the public and misleading all publics in order to create a certain mindset in the global consciousness."

"The structures that exist," Snowden says in an apparent reference to U.S. power structures, are "working to their own ends to extend their capabilities at the expense of the freedom of all publics." Snowden says on the video that the NSA "doesn't limit itself to foreign intelligence ... it collects all communications that transit the United States." While not offering specifics, President Obama and his national security team have told Americans that surveillance programs are aimed at foreign communications and that the contents of Americans' phone calls and Internet exchanges are not monitored. The Guardian and The Washington Post about materials leaked by Snowden that revealed details of NSA programs that sweep up information about phone calls and Internet activity. Since then, other revelations have followed -- including word that the NSA has . Snowden, who was in Hong Kong when he taped the interview with the Guardian, has since flow to Moscow. For the past two weeks, he's thought to have been in the transit zone of the airport there. Snowden is seeking asylum in another nation. him safe haven. But it's not clear if he can get to any of those nations. Meanwhile, the U.S. is seeking to prosecute him. Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit

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HarryStreet | July 13, 2013 at 2:54 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Snowden does not sound as noble as he does a 29 year old confused young man. There is no possible way he could have learned and understood how the NSA uses all the programs he stole and released to the press. All he has done is helped our enemies learn how to avoid detection, embarrass his family, misled Americans looking to complain against their own government for any and every reason, and find himself without a country. If he truly believed what he did was right, he would have remained in the US to face the music and fought his case in court. The way he chose makes him look little more than a thief on the run.

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CaliforniaDefender | July 13, 2013 at 4:50 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago


Couple questions for you.

Question 1: If standing up to the most powerful country on Earth is not noble, what is? He is publicly standing by his beliefs which are clearly for the benefit of the world and not himself. That is the definition of noble.

He could have just sold the info to China for millions, retied in anonymity, and watched the NSA devour itself trying to figure out where the leak came from.

Question 2: Who exactly are the "enemies" of America and why are they?

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 13, 2013 at 5:39 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Snowden may not be brilliant, noble, or even likeable, but he did uncover something about our personal information I feel we have the right o know.

He also started an important discussion about where the line between security and privacy/civil liberties should be drawn.

We needed to have this discussion otherwise this could have (and may still) become increasingly invasive without us even knowing.

It doesn't matter to me if Snowden is some brilliant savior or a confused hack seeking hs 15 minutes because the discussion tht has come from this is something we are all better for.

I think the importance of Americans pausing to evaluate and discuss our privacy and limits of government intrusion into our privacy far outweighs any supposed "danger" these leaks put us in.

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DannyC | July 15, 2013 at 12:28 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Yep Americans do need to discuss The State's behavior, tyranny is tyranny, Americans are just in denial of which side of the fence they are on. It is no surprise to me that so many are ignorant, because the majority buy THE FICTION that is the constitution OF THE UNITED STATES, when the TRUTH is The Fathers created the constitution FOR the united states. Again no surprise that the ORIGINAL 13th Amendment involved the prohibiting of LAWYERS in the government of the republic. Snowden is just the latest, and to quote his own words..."In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised--and it should be" read more here of what they have been doing now for over 40 years

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