Snark Amendment: Edward Snowden Releases NSA Secrets
There has not been in American history a more important leak than Snowden's ow.ly/lSrjM
— Daniel Ellsberg (@DanielEllsberg) June 10, 2013
#Snowden just became one of this most important whistleblowers of all-time & #Greenwald the most significant journalist in decades.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) June 9, 2013
Freedom Patriots, did ya miss this? "Bush Secretly Lets NSA Spy on Callers Without Courts"12-16-2005 nytimes.com/2005/12/16/pol… #tcot #p2
— RiskyLiberal (@RiskyLiberal) June 11, 2013
Edward #Snowden: Naive NSA Whistleblower, Chinese Spy, or Something Else Entirely? ow.ly/lU3rw #PRISM #China
— Blogs of War (@BlogsofWar) June 11, 2013
UPDATE: Russian authorities stated that they would consider an asylum request from #PRISM whistleblower #Snowden: on.rt.com/agi12q
— RT America (@RT_America) June 11, 2013
@lawrence @maddow You betcha #Snowden is a HERO to Iran, North Korea, Al Qaeda, China, Russia & every two bit terrorist group in the world.
— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) June 10, 2013
people, Edward Snowden is a Rand Paul minion spy, he leaked to help Darrell Issa's witch hunt, and to give him some credence. #gop #tcot #p2
— Mariano(@art2u2) June 10, 2013
#Snowden dropped out of high school.The Army discharged him after 5 months. So CIA takes him? politi.co/11qFSUS via @POLITICOPro@
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 10, 2013
Good Democrats sitting on Twitter all day holding a treason trial for Edward Snowden and theorizing about his "co-conspirators" #Change
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 10, 2013
We should be thankful for individuals like Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald who see injustice being carried out by their own government and speak out, despite the risk. They have done a great service to the American people by exposing the truth about what our government is doing in secret.
~ Snowden's choice for President, Ex-Candidate Ron Paul, via Washington Post
Edward Snowden is no Hero
. . . Snowden is now at the mercy of the Chinese leaders who run Hong Kong. As a result, all of Snowden’s secrets may wind up in the hands of the Chinese government—which has no commitment at all to free speech or the right to political dissent. And that makes Snowden a hero?
~ Jeffrey Toobin on The New Yorker
A Hero’s Welcome for Snowden on Chinese Internet - China Real Time Report - WSJ on.wsj.com/163f827 via @wsj
— Cynthia Yildirim (@CynthiaY29) June 10, 2013
(Snowden) has damaged national security, our ability to track down terrorists, or those with nefarious intent, and his disclosure has not made America safer.
~ Congressman Jim Langevin, D-Rhode Island, in New York Times
I don't look at this as being a whistleblower. I think it's an act of treason.
. . . He violated the oath, he violated the law. It's treason.
~ Senator Dianne Feinstein on The Hill
Edward Snowden is a hero
. . . Snowden is a hero because he realized that our very humanity was being compromised by the blind implementation of machines in the name of making us safe. Unlike those around him, who were too absorbed in their task to reflect on their actions and pause in their pursuit of digital omniscience, Snowden allowed himself to be "disturbed" by what he was doing.
More in the midst of technology than most of us will ever be, Snowden disengaged for long enough to be human and to consider the impact of what he was helping build. He pressed pause.
~ Douglas Rushkoff on CNN
He betrayed honesty and integrity, the foundation of all cooperative activity. He made explicit and implicit oaths to respect the secrecy of the information with which he was entrusted. He betrayed his oaths.
. . . He betrayed his employers. Booz Allen and the C.I.A. took a high-school dropout and offered him positions with lavish salaries. He is violating the honor codes of all those who enabled him to rise.
He betrayed the cause of open government. Every time there is a leak like this, the powers that be close the circle of trust a little tighter. They limit debate a little more.
He betrayed the privacy of us all. If federal security agencies can’t do vast data sweeps, they will inevitably revert to the older, more intrusive eavesdropping methods.
He betrayed the Constitution. The founders did not create the United States so that some solitary 29-year-old could make unilateral decisions about what should be exposed. Snowden self-indulgently short-circuited the democratic structures of accountability, putting his own preferences above everything else.
~ David Brooks on New York Times
I hope we follow Mr. Snowden to the ends of the earth to bring him to justice.
— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) June 10, 2013
Fulsome Prism Blues#NSAJohnnyCash
— Paul Myers (@pulmyears) June 11, 2013
Petition to pardon Edward Snowden is up to 11K signatures 1.usa.gov/19e2Vv4
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) June 10, 2013
"pardon snowmen"? as far as I'm aware he hasn't even been charged yet (though that should change relatively soon)
— Fleet Admiral Josh (@fleetadmiralj) June 10, 2013
#Snowden is a hero. You're a facist if you disagree.
— R.Ⓐ.D (@ChicagoRADicals) June 10, 2013
I don't think I'm a Facist if I remember that the #NSA story broke in 2006. Where you been? #Snowden #Greenwald
— Jeanne K. (@SnarkAmendment) June 11, 2013
Don't call him a hero just yet thebea.st/19jlPRq
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) June 11, 2013
@thepoliticalcat @kenlayisalive @phikapmom That is what frustrates me - this guy is elevated to saint before the facts appear #lastword #nsa
— Darren Major (@MAblackliberal) June 11, 2013
@glennthrush Imperfect comparison: Snowden is Rosa Parks, not MLK.
— Scott Jackson (@sjackson1997) June 10, 2013
If one more white person comes into my TL talkin’ ‘bout MLK, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, or any other black icon, I am going to LOSE IT.
— Imani ABL (@AngryBlackLady) June 10, 2013
@angryblacklady It's pathetic. Snowden is in a cushy hotel but you know, he's just like MLK, Rosa Parks, and Nelson Mandela. SMH.
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) June 10, 2013
Rosa Parks knew the consequences of her actions & still chose to act.Snowden knew the consequences of his actions as well.
— Linda Zumpano (@LJZumpano) June 10, 2013
Please stop with the Civil Rights' leader comparisons. MLK didn't write, A Letter From A Posh Hong Kong Hotel after his civil disobedience.
— Michele (@haymakers) June 10, 2013
#Snowden is a patriot. Remember when #Washington & #Jefferson fled to #HongKong?
— Eric Wolfson (@ericwolfson) June 10, 2013
Whether it's #IRS, #NSA, #Benghazi, or #Obamacare, one thing is clear. Fed govt is too big, too powerful, and too unaccountable.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) June 10, 2013
Note that #Snowden is 29 years old. Exactly my age. He has a long life ahead of him. But he risked that life so we could all have a future.
— kade ellis (@onekade) June 9, 2013
#Snowden's brazenness leaves little doubt among law enforcement officials that he will face criminal charges. nyti.ms/19jBf80
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) June 11, 2013
MegaNut/Traitor #Snowden 3 months at BoozAllen, vacates HI home 1 May, leaks cheesy slides, hides in China. Who hired him & Who's PAYING?
— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) June 10, 2013
Wow, I am very surprised on how split our opinions are of #Snowden. And I'm just talking among liberals.
— B-rad (@BradTracy2032) June 9, 2013
Releasing classified docs is not whistleblowing @occupyaustin #Snowden is grandstanding on already known info
— AlwaysThink (@AlwaysThinkHow) June 9, 2013
An oddity about #Snowden: he didn't seek protection under the Whistleblower Protection Act. Does he not consider himself a whistleblower?
— Barracks O'Bama (@P0TUS) June 10, 2013
Snowden no degrees, GED, community college? Works 3 months? So in other words, on ORIENTATION phase of job? Now an expert? #FollowTheMoney
— Dorothy Schomburg (@sadieark) June 10, 2013