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Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog,

Ron Paul recently said on his Facebook page:

“My understanding is that espionage means giving secret or classified information to the enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people, his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the US Government views you and me as the enemy.”

He’s right. If nothing else, the way this has played out tells you everything you really need to know about the Land of the Free right now.

Snowden has been demonized by just about every government official on record. US Secretary of State John Kerry called Snowden’s actions “despicable and beyond description,” while US Senator Lindsey Graham said, “I hope we’ll chase him to the ends of the earth…”

Words like “hanging” and “treason” are floating around the mainstream media. It’s incredible. The issue no longer has anything to do with the criminality of the government spying programs. But whether Snowden should be shot or hung.

Yet amazingly enough, many polls show that roughly half of Americans think that Snowden is a traitor and should be prosecuted. And among the Twittering classes, the discussion quickly turned to Snowden’s ‘hot or not’ status as a potential sex symbol.

Such data is truly profound. Roughly half of Americans don’t give a rat’s eye about their own liberty. And it’s obvious that the US government has every intention to continue these programs full speed ahead.

When it becomes this clear that you no longer share basic, core values with your government... or your neighbors... maybe it’s time to consider other options.

The world is a big place, after all. And there’s a tremendous amount of freedom and opportunity ripe for pioneering, talented people.

One last thing I’d like to point out on the matter is whether or not Mr. Snowden would have been aided if he had procured a second passport. The answer, quite simply, is a resounding yes.

Snowden is now marred in a number of banal legal technicalities.

The US government has cancelled his passport (another questionable legal move from Uncle Sam). So he appears stuck in the international transit area at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

He’s not legally able to fly back to Hong Kong. Nor is he legally able to board a flight to Havana for onward travel to Ecuador, in order to apply for asylum.

If Mr. Snowden had been able to procure a second passport prior to stepping into the limelight, he would likely not be in this predicament as he could have been traveling on his other passport.

This is one of the hidden virtues of having a second passport. You might never ‘need’ one. But should such a need ever arise, it can really be a life saver.

In Mr. Snowden’s case, the best option on the table would have been Brazil.

Why? Because anyone can be Brazilian. It doesn’t matter what your ethnicity is; Brazil is a melting pot of 200+ million people. White, black, brown, it doesn’t matter. Even obviously anglo names like Edward Snowden are not terribly uncommon in Brazil.

Moreover, Brazil has a very clear policy of not giving up its citizens.

Yes, Brazil technically does have an extradition treaty with the US. But nations routinely set aside extradition treaties whenever it suits them.

So if Snowden had become a Brazilian (which anyone can do– via 2-4 years of residency, or marriage, or even having a child), he could be happily living out his days on the beach in Fortaleza, rather than being stuck in a Russian transit zone.

I personally would like to wish Mr. Snowden safe and speedy travels to his next destination... which will hopefully be far from the United States of America and its faux justice system.


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Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:02 | 3703916 francis_sawyer
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I say 'Bo Diddley' [in the other thread]... & up pops Simon Black... I have magical powers today... OK people ~ I'm off to the track... In honor of you, Simon... I'll bet all the 'Brazilian' horses... Because... because... well, I GIVE A RATS EYE about things...

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:03 | 3703934 kito
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forget the track................pick stocks!!

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 23:15 | 3705487 merizobeach
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As much as I'd enjoy smashing my fist into the front of Simon's smug face and stomping his condescending tone into the past, I still agree with him on the wisdom of holding multiple passports.  My 'travel guru' buddy had years of passport problems, being from Serbia, and from experience, he espouses the benefits of having more options.  He has admonished me numerous times for 'falling behind on getting another passport'.  After much research, he learned that purchasing three consecutive one-year working visas in the Dominican Republic, while making bi-annual visits qualified him for citizenship; so he now has that passport.  As an aside, his daughter is an interesting story: born in Brazil to a Puerto Rican mother, the baby, at a half year old, had visited four continents and held passports for Brazil, USA, DR, Serbia, and Croatia; I am told she will have visited a fifth continent and hold a sixth passport, Hungarian, by year's end.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 15:19 | 3703936 prains
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franc when you need one too, this is what it will look like;


Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3703941 robilla
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But can Snowden still get access to his gold he's artfully stashed around the globe Simon?

I'm also fairly confident the NSA/CIA/ Booz would have frowned upon an employee having a backup passport. Sort of a red flag

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:20 | 3703984 Citxmech
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Oh - all I have to do is:  1. Marry a Brazilian; 2. Have a child with a Brazilian; or 3. Live in Brazil for somewhere between 2 and 4 years (which is it?).  JFC - each of those is so f'n easy, it's hard to see why E. Snoden didn't have a spare Brazilian passport on hand.

Fer fuck's sake Simon, get real.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:27 | 3704005 Joe Sixpack
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Ibn theory that is great, but for a person with ties to the CIA pr NSA to get a second passport may not be that easy for at least a couple of reasons. First if the agencies got wind of it, the person would be questioned, and likely watched. Second, how would the host countries react? Let's see, Occupation: spy. Hmmm...

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 17:30 | 3704766 rwe2late
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Joe Sixpack

"for a person with ties to the CIA pr NSA to get a second passport may not be that easy"

Is that true even if one is an Israeli (dual) citizen ? ? ?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:33 | 3704025 FeralSerf
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What's so difficult with having a child with a Brazilian? Besides the objections from his Hawaiian girlfriend, that is.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:37 | 3704043 francis_sawyer
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Time, once again, for the Brazilian Grannies...


Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:57 | 3704131 brunoaa
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I am from Europe and naturalized Brazilian. I can tell you it is rather difficult to become Brazilian. Live there 2 to 4 years, how? on a tourist visa you can only stay 3 months. On an employment visa, OK if you are hired by a local company which can prove that it cannot find a Brazilian with the same qualification (which was my case). Good luck with that. So 3 is almost impossible.

If your girlfriend/wife is pregnant you can have the baby on Brazilian soil (provided you can foot the stratosferic hospital bill unless you want to test the public hospital which people are currently demonstrating about..) Being born in Brazil your son will be Brazilian and you will qualify for residency and after 1 year (I think) you can apply for citizenship.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 15:30 | 3704293 francis_sawyer
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Yeah ~ but that's no problem for Simon... He has, like, 16 'Rochefocauld's'... He'll just bribe an immigration officer with one...

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 17:34 | 3704781 FeralSerf
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Europeans don't have a clue what "stratospheric hospital bill" is unless they've had the American experience.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:57 | 3704132 brunoaa
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I am from Europe and naturalized Brazilian. I can tell you it is rather difficult to become Brazilian. Live there 2 to 4 years, how? on a tourist visa you can only stay 3 months. On an employment visa, OK if you are hired by a local company which can prove that it cannot find a Brazilian with the same qualification (which was my case). Good luck with that. So 3 is almost impossible.

If your girlfriend/wife is pregnant you can have the baby on Brazilian soil (provided you can foot the stratosferic hospital bill unless you want to test the public hospital which people are currently demonstrating about..) Being born in Brazil your son will be Brazilian and you will qualify for residency and after 1 year (I think) you can apply for citizenship.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:08 | 3703957 Dr. Engali
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Why don't you use some of your voodoo magic to raise some of this gold all the Hedgers have lost in unfortunate boating accidents?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:13 | 3703968 DeadFred
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Or find some way to keep us away from those boats. It's crazy how much has been lost.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 16:37 | 3704617 NidStyles
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I learned how to swim escaping the boat tragedies.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 13:59 | 3703918 drink or die
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"Yes, Brazil technically does have an extradition treaty with the US. But nations routinely set aside extradition treaties whenever it suits them."


Yeah, that totally sounds like a safe bet to me. 

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:05 | 3703939 ParkAveFlasher
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He meant "whenever it power suits them", "power suits" referring to the skittle-shooting atomic exoskeleton industry that keeps Simon and his CIA buddies (and his oompa loompa luggage caravan) freely globe-trotting.

It's a great business, why not do that instead of the humdrum day job?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:08 | 3703948 DaveyJones
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"Yes, Brazil technically does have an extradition treaty with the US. But nations routinely set aside extradition treaties whenever it suits them."

That's nothing, the US sets aside every rule.

We're #1

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:00 | 3703921 kito
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what!!!!! NOT CHILE?!?!??!?!? but.....but.............

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:02 | 3703928 ParkAveFlasher
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How about the Planetary Core, Simon?  You can even take a boat. 

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:02 | 3703931 francis_sawyer
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only if it's made out of unobtanium...

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3703949 ParkAveFlasher
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That's not a problem in April and May, when the solar-shock gauss fields lessen and the swirling gobs of molten elemental iron abate.  Seems like this Snowden character didn't do his homework, right Simon?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:02 | 3703929 0b1knob
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He could buy a passport from St. Kitts.   It costs $25000.   Selling such passports is a major source of income for St. Kitts.

St. Kitts has an extradition treaty but "Extradition shall not be granted if the offense for which extradition is requested is a political offense."

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:10 | 3703962 prains
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and he'd have a great shot at making their bob sled team for the winter olympics

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:16 | 3703978 ParkAveFlasher
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That's rayciss!

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:34 | 3704022 prains
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no, i'm sure his ex girlfriend had him on a 9 almonds-a-day diet so he'd probably look great in a onesy nut hugger

as I'm sure our international man of mistory simon noir does when he's swooshing on the slopes of cheapenzuela

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:34 | 3704031 knukles
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Oh, so bobsled racing is no longer a race anymore?
Can't talk about anything theses days...
Next it'll be NASCAR parking

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:41 | 3704064 prains
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the way they design the tracks now, it's more to do with who gets to the bottom with their melon still in their bucket.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 18:34 | 3704913 Element
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Is there anyone sober who watches more than one lap of NASCAR before auto-flipping the remote?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:40 | 3704059 David Fry
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Read the book by Neil Strauss (SP?) "Emergency"

St. Kitts is prominently featured and what you have to do.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:03 | 3703932 g'kar
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“My understanding is that espionage means giving secret or classified information to the enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people, his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the US Government views you and me as the enemy.”


Based on Ron Pauls comments, Snowden would never see the inside of a public courtroom.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3703951 Oldballplayer
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The last thing the government wants to see is "discovery." If he comes back they plea him down and in return he gives up his computers and reaffirms his secrecy oath.

He walks. But he would be in tough shape for the rest of his life.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:45 | 3704076 TPTB_r_TBTF
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After the ghost writer finishes Snowden's book, he can live off the royalties.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:25 | 3703995 DeadFred
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The people are both enemy and prey, it's a twofer

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:03 | 3703933 DaveyJones
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“despicable and beyond description,”

I have to give the good secretary credit, unlike Snowden, his despicable acts are quite descriptive

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:04 | 3703938 Tsunami Wave
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I knew from the title it would be written by Simon 'International' Black. Whatever happened to Peter Tchair of Two Minds?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 16:23 | 3704548 bank guy in Brussels
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Mixing up two contributors ...

Peter Tchir of TF Market Advisors, who was absolutely terrific on Europe ... he seems to have been replaced by the empty words of Mark Grant, who just quotes Alice in Wonderland or something similar while saying the mostly obvious, or making wrong predictions when he does guess at something

And Charles Hugh Smith of 'Two Minds' is very much now a ZH regular ...

Peter Tchir occasionally makes media appearances on Bloomberg and so on:

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:15 | 3703945 Dr. Engali
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I've got news for you Simon the NWO is worldwide. There is no place in the world that will be safe from the growing police state. There may be a temporary reprieve for Snowden, but for the right price aything can be bought from the gangsters that run the world today.


It's like Obummer said "I'm not going to scramble jets for a 29 year old hacker". Why does he have to when there is a drone with Snowden's name on it?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:19 | 3703982 DaveyJones
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true but "the US" is doing more to export its inflation, its empire, its destruction and its hypocrisy than anyone else. This is an intersting opportunity for leverage and to regain "a ballance" of opposing forces. Hence the desperate need to label him a "criminal" and "war on terror" enemy as quickly as possible. But golly don't all "bad" nations do that to political exiles?  Once again, the "defendant" is his own worst witness. Our own citizens may be 50% divided. I wonder how the rest of the world thinks?  

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:52 | 3704101 TPTB_r_TBTF
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74% of the Esslinger think he is a hero: Poll Esslinger News

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 15:13 | 3704202 DaveyJones
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cool, thanks

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3703950 Colonel Klink
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Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3703952 Fuh Querada
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Having a second passport is like having an additional penis.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:14 | 3703974 machineh
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Then you'll be luckier than a two-dicked dog.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 17:39 | 3704731 zipit
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Please PM me if your 2-dicked dog is for sale? Things are kind of boring around here and it would be a real conversation starter around the neighborhood.  Thank you.  PS: How old is the dog?  Not trying to waste money on some middle-aged dog with two dicks that don't work.  Thanks.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:10 | 3703961 disabledvet
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Dad Snowden to Son Snowden: "listen son, i think you've generated enough attention now. come on home so we can finally cash in on this thing."

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:21 | 3703985 IridiumRebel
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Dad Snowden to Son Snowden: "Son, they killed Muffy and are threatening mom. GET THE FUCK HOME NOW."

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:44 | 3704072 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Thats probably just the first step toward North Korean style prison camps.  If you tell ANYONE our secrets not only will you go, but your whole family will too, and we will not make it a pleasant visit for any of you.  And your kids and grand kids will grow up there.  Sure you want to go leaking our information???

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 16:54 | 3704664 LFMayor
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Dad Snowden to Son Snowden "Are you going to be home for supper?  I'm making beef stew. Woofies fine.  Woofies just fine."

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 16:29 | 3704576 bank guy in Brussels
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Recent article mentioning Edward Snowden's father:

« ... his father, Lonnie Snowden, was an officer in the US Coast Guard during the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States who had “direct knowledge” of the true events that occurred and whom the real perpetrators were.

Being directly affected by the events of 9/11, this FSB bulletin says, Snowden "self initiated" a multi-year effort to gain access to America’s top secrets, a mission which when recently completed led him to contact various international reporters, including ... »

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:12 | 3703965 Inthemix96
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Heres a tip Simon from Inthemix, the world renouned global jet setter what he is.

Pick a passport that the NSA knows fuck all about, and which you posted fuck all about on a live, interactive forum on the interwebs.

And then go directley to CHILE with it, just to pick up your outsourced gold you stored there.

See?  Public service once again for fuck all my way.  Its about time you lot subscribed to my nonesense, and paid me for fuck all for it.



Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:17 | 3703979 ebworthen
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Love Ron Paul's tweet.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:21 | 3703986 JJ McApe
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snowden is enjoying his pollonium tea at the moscow airport. just cut him some slack already , willya'??

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:25 | 3703997 orca
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Snowden should take out Guantanamo Bay citizenship. Guaranteed never to appear in front of a US judge.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:31 | 3704013 DeadFred
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Rumor is that he's trying to get to Cuba, Obama is willing to help.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:26 | 3703999 Fizzywig
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Nothing says freedom like the government issuing a document ALLOWING you to travel.

He should have gotten a multipass.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:36 | 3704040 Dr. Kenneth Noi...
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Not without a passport!

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 16:32 | 3704593 bank guy in Brussels
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Edward Snowden and his friend, the very pro-Israel Julian Assange (who despises 9-11 'truthers') ... say they are 'dissidents' who want refuge in Ecuador ...

Where Ecuador's President Rafael Correa  ... tried to imprison and bankrupt a newspaper publisher who criticised him ... who was forced to take refuge with Panama, ha !

And where CIA whistleblower Philip Agee says the Ecuadorean police are in the pay of the CIA ... and they tried a coup d'état against Correa in 2010 ... after a successful coup in 2000 in Ecuador ...

This CIA-police country, is the 'refuge' choice, and not a more secure place like Russia ?

And Snowden is interviewed and promoted by Mika Brzezinski, daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski of the Trilateral Commission - Bilderbergs, architect of US wars in Asia 'Great Game - Grand Chessboard', advisor to US Presidents for 40 years including Obama ?

Putin seems to have figured this out, perhaps why Snowden has been 'delayed' in Moscow

From a great article by a guy in Bolivia:

« Operation Assange 2.0 was bound to fail, as miserably as its first part ... Ecuador, Really?

Ecuador experienced a failed coup d’état in 2010; the event was perpetrated by the police force. According to Phillip Agee’s Inside the Company: CIA Diary, this [Ecuadorean] police force is owned by the CIA. ... Venezuelan teleSur news network broadcast in 2011 an incredible report of the event in its program Dossier. ... There, journalist Walter Martinez did an exceptional job in showing the kidnapping of President Correa by the police. The video shows how a gas grenade is thrown on the president by a police officer, and his gas mask is taken away from his face while he is forcibly taken away. A few hours later, after it was apparent the event had failed, he was released. ...  This military-terror machinery had been trained by the USA,

On 16 February 2012, Panama’s President Ricardo Martinelli granted diplomatic asylum to Carlos Pérez Barriga, one of the directors of El Universo, Ecuador’s largest newspaper. This happened after the ratification of a sentence convicting the newspaper’s directors to three years in prison and the payment of $40 million for the crime of slanderous offenses against President Rafael Correa. A stand-off developed since Ecuador didn’t let the now Panamanian refugee leave the embassy’s compound. Following international pressure, the offended President Correa pardoned the dangerous criminals. This was not the behavior of someone who respects freedom of speech, or even basic human rights. Yet, Julian Assange  seeks refuge under Correa’s wings.

This is odd for one declaring himself a champion of information rights. Moreover, considering his occupation, it is unconceivable that Mr. Assange is not aware of the ongoing links - a coup d’état was staged in 2010! - between the CIA and the Ecuadorian Police. Patsy or fool?

Assange is part of the "Kill the Internet" operation.

Snowden is Operation Assange 2.0.

Lawrence Lessig, a respected Law Professor from Stanford University told an audience at the 2008 Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Half Moon Bay, California, that "There’s going to be an i-9/11 event" which will act as a catalyst for a radical reworking of the law pertaining to the internet. Lessig also revealed that he had learned, during a dinner with former government Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke, that there is already in existence a cyber equivalent of the Patriot Act, an "i-Patriot Act," and that the Justice Department is waiting for a cyber terrorism event in order to implement its provisions. »

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 20:28 | 3705176 chumbawamba
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Thanks for these excellent--and entirely anticipated--revelations.  Wikileaks was obviously some sort of front--advanced damage control--or at least it was with Assange at the helm, and the infighting that occured there after the Great Revelation bears this out.

Now we have Snowden.  Are we being "snowed in" resulting in a "deep freeze"?  Is this an attempt at a "white out"?  Watch his interview with Greenwald, particularly his eyes, and how they shift.  He's recalling manufactured information.  He's a terrible liar!  Who's the hack that trained him?

I am Chumbawamba.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 21:37 | 3705328 Brixton Guns
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if true, then this is yet another controlled opposition stick poking at the anthill of civil unrest.

by desisgn no less.


Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:40 | 3704058 Farside
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He doesn't need a second passport.

Hell, all he needs is a photoshopped birth certificate, and he can run for president...

Oh yeah, this is Brazil, not some banana republic.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:42 | 3704066 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Gee. I would imagine that working for CIA / NSA, someone might have looked askance at another passport.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 18:06 | 3704852 rwe2late
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 I find it hard to believe that holding a second passport

from Israel is frowned upon by the NSA/CIA.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:46 | 3704074 Fíréan
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Is this a durden decoy ? i thought the guy was  ( supposedly) in Iceland.


edit: oh i see now. This is a "soveriegn man" need for second passports jump on the band wagon story.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:52 | 3704102 monad
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Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that. - GC

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 15:17 | 3704220 DaveyJones
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greater than half of average. shit I can't do the math

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 15:22 | 3704229 One of these is...
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World citizen passport anyone?

Cheap, and unlikely to be revoked.

When I am next flush I am going to get one just for the fun of enforcing the UN rules that validate it on the hapless customs people. I probably wouldn't be brave enough to try this with your TSA, but I will find a way of bumbling, confusing, disheartening, and generally wasting as much of their time and energy as I can on my way past next time I go there. A team of travellers could have a lot of fun with this, butt you can only laugh when you are well clear, of course.

Our revolution isn't going to be fought with AK47's, it's going to be milliions of resentful people just being "awkward", and making every action of the system less efficient and more costly to implement. E.G. There is a growing movement to send official documents back to their agencies "signed for". Once we ALL do it, at the bigger .gov departments they'll need a phalanx of o people just to sign for the post... Of course a few citizens will need to ask to see the verification for the service that they paid for, in order to keep the whole process honest, but it's doable.

Every time you pay a "tax" or "fee" by check (and that should be as often as possible) STAPLE it onto a backing sheet. (for extra effect include a staple lower in the check where it's hard to spot, and you might even get to kill or injure the machine that reads the check...

The angrier you feel, the easier it is to spot some part of this machinery being erected against us that can benefit from a little bit of well placed glue/sand mixture...

A friend of mine in my youth started a "movement" he called the "spanner in the works society". You personally may well not b to e able to beat the system, but you can sap a little more of it's energy than it expects usually without it reacting adversely.

As can the next man, and the next woman, and the next. And it isn't even difficult or scary. Just look for how you can make it a bit more difficult to "process" you on every occasion... Every traffic policeman who stops me for a random check, or such other crap unless I am in a rush is in for a "long and unexpectedly complex interaction with a pleasant but weird idiot". Every minute I have of their time is a minute that they aren't fleecing the easy meat. I do get a naughty frisson when I see that uncertainty replacing the confidence in authoritarian drones. I once actually saw and heard fear, in a particularly unpleasant young policeman (who seemed hell bent on finding SOMETHING to charge me a fee) simply because whilst co-operating with every request, answering every question pleasantly and helpfully I was never the less keeping my eyes firmly on him and moving confidently as if just waiting to strike when the time is right and trying to not look agressive.. Didn't help that every time he tried to get his act together I asked him an innocent but distracting question. He left empty handed and worried looking with his despatcher hassling him. The nice ones, I am gentle with, but them bullying types are doomed when they meet me, it can take SO long to discover how mistaken they were when they thought I might be making some sort of infraction.

Calibrate your speedo properly at all tens of MPH and you can pass the bastards when they brake for the speed camera! That was an amusing experience, two of them V little me, they thought they had a right to ask me how fast I was going until the truth dawned... There are a million ways of cutting the beast, by being "awkward", and you don't even need to make a "stand".

We had a program here in England called "one foot in the grave", billed as a family comedy, it's actually a handbook on how to revolt against and destroy the system bloodlessly, and gently. (For those with the wit and creativity to understand what needs to be done).

V for Victor Meldrew!!

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 17:02 | 3704684 LFMayor
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Sorry, but no massacre, no solution.  Non violence is a fucking pipe dream.

Even your own Tudor sisters had to draw blood to solidify their successions.  Successions that had been ordained and made law by their father the king and parliment both.

Nonviolent protest didn't stop Htler.  Bomber Harris and the carbonizing of cities did.

The sooner you begin the violence to take your island back, the less of it you'll need to get the job done.  Dither and rationalize at your increasing peril.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 18:11 | 3704862 One of these is...
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It works so well the violence doesn't it?

I understand what you are saying, and lord knows I have felt those feelings, but realistically, our people are disarmed both in terms of weapons, in terms of their psychology (Learn a bit about depth manipulation, then watch the TV for a while to see what the process is) and our basic foodstuffs are contaminated with low level psychoactive agents (Alledgedly, admittedly, I haven't had time to do full research of every damn thing). I'm a tiny little bloke, but most people, even those who should laugh in my face seem to  back down if teh going gets serious, and that just isn;t right.

Men don't seem to be men these days. (Which might be a good thing in some cases!) but you got to use what you have, and the system has much more familiarity and facility when it comes to the use of violence.

England is the cradle of the industrial revolution, and whilst we might have bad teeth and a host of other problems, we have demonstrated ourselves to be a smart people. You lot over there, with your guns in every home, are facing a DHS which has just bought up all the hollow point ammo in the universe. The fight will be coming to you whether you like it or not. We already know we have no guns, so we just can;t HAVE that sort of fight.

You clearly haven't grasped how crippling mass awkwardness can be. This is Asymettirc warfare Bitchez! You need new thinking. To those who have the right way of thinking my post is truly a powerful gift, even if most of you don't "get it", some will...



Fri, 06/28/2013 - 20:12 | 3705142 Parrotile
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Overt "bloodshed" violence = Neanderthal /Medieval mindset

Covert "non-violent" violence = C21st mindset.

The more complex the system(s), the more opportunity to subtly disrupt "normal operations". Also, with privatisation leading to the "most profit for least capital expenditure" mindset - critical systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to deliberate / accidental / "Natural Disaster" disruption - and a second's inattention can take hours to fix.

Then we have the many, many cases of deliberate infrastructure vandalism -, and (notice the Quarter of a MILLION Dollar reward - just for information!).

"Guns'n'Ammo" or "Street Smarts"? Killing innocent bystanders, or really driving your point home to those that count?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 15:22 | 3704249 Mr. Saxby
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Yet amazingly enough, many polls show that roughly half of Americans think that Snowden is a traitor and should be prosecuted. And among the Twittering classes, the discussion quickly turned to Snowden’s ‘hot or not’ status as a potential sex symbol.

Such data is truly profound. Roughly half of Americans don’t give a rat’s eye about their own liberty. And it’s obvious that the US government has every intention to continue these programs full speed ahead.

If the last decade has shown us anything, it has been that the dumbing down of US public education has been entirely successfully. The goal was to ensure that the 1960's never happened again and it has been completely successful.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 15:25 | 3704264 patb
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apparently under 22 CFR 51.70 and 51.72, a passport can be revoked

upon issuance of a valid federal arrest warrant.


i'd never heard of that when you were out of the country.


Now as  a "Stateless" person, snowden could travel on refugee papers and even without a valid passport,

many countries will accept them.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 15:27 | 3704278 smacker
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Simon's right about acquiring a Brazilian passport (eventually) thru marriage and/or having a child (see Ronnie Biggs). But he doesn't explain how a foreigner can qualify for one by staying in Brazil for 2-4 years when upon arrival you get a 90 day visa which can be renewed ONCE ONLY for another 90 days by paying a fee to the Policia Federal. After that you have to leave Brazil. And your aggregate time in Brazil cannot exceed 180 days in a single year.

There are also provisions for persons (aimed at retirees and "the rich") who can demonstrate an annual income of at least ~$20,000. Then of course there's the investor visa and several others including a working visa etc etc.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 15:43 | 3704369 HoaX
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One of the undercover US hitmen err..businessmen probably just paid the Ecuadorian president a visit and gave him a simple choice:

a) Stop shitting with us and get a couple million greenbacks to spend on your family.

b) Don´t board a plane or drive a car because it just might get a little "accident"

John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman (mainly spoken in English from minute 4 onwards):


Fri, 06/28/2013 - 16:27 | 3704569 tony bonn
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edward snowden is the last american hero.....god keep him is a travesty that most americans are nazis......they are going to see what a nazi regime is like as the noose tightens....

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 17:24 | 3704752 calltoaccount
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over the top, tony.

most americans are not nazis.  they are uninformed, misinformed, illinformed-- but still decent people trying to make sense of a system that has betrayed the values of fairness and justice they and their children were brought up to believe in-- but have ony recently started to discover-- are a lot of hokum, dispensed by the power elites and their media whores to keep the public dumb and docile.  

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 17:28 | 3704742 scam_MERS
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"Snowden is now marred in a number of banal legal technicalities."

Marred? I think, perhaps, he meant to say "Mired". There's a big difference in meaning between the two words.

Marred: 1. to damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.; impair or spoil: That billboard mars the view. The holiday was marred by bad weather. 2. to disfigure, deface, or scar: The scratch marred the table.

Mired: verb (used with object) 1. to plunge and fix in mire; cause to stick fast in mire. 2. to involve; entangle.  3. to soil with mire; bespatter with mire.


Does anyone bother to proofread articles before publishing them?

If you're so illiterate that you don't know the difference between such simple terms, maybe it's time to pursue a new vocation...

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 17:52 | 3704823 lakecity55
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If about 1/2 of the People do not care, then 1/2 of the People DO care and are glad the criminality is being revealed.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 18:49 | 3704944 Totentänzerlied
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What Simon fails to mention is that unless you happen to have a work visa lined up, the route to a second passport takes 4 years and costs many thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars all told. It is horrendously difficult for very obvious reasons. Unless you happen to be able to prove right of return to a country that offers such a program, the statute of limitations being 2 or 3 generations since emigration usually.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 19:03 | 3704965 robnume
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Right on, Ron Paul. The United Stasi of Amerika DOES view its citizens as "the enemy". Why do you think TPTB have named our new political prisons "FEMA CAMPS"?  I subscribe via email to "Sovreign Man". Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. I have often felt that Simon Black is CIA. Are you, Simon? Come on, you can tell me!! I'm not into murdering or blackmail, so you can trust me. Really. Come clean, dude, you'll feel better. And so will I.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 19:33 | 3705027 garypaul
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I can't make out the picture accompanying this article. Could you post a bigger one please? Thanks!

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 19:38 | 3705039 dark pools of soros
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So Simon says wax like a Brazilian?

Is he waiting for Snowden to change career to tranny porn star? 

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 22:09 | 3705391 Estrella
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Passports are only for the little people. Does anyone really think that his having or not having a passport is going to have any impact in where he winds up? And if you do, then remember, the Shoe Bomber did not have a passport and was escorted through airport security by "men in suits" and put on the NorthWest (now Delta) flight with out one. (The crew of the aircraft was not informed of this by the way.) So, if "men in suits" can get a very poor terrorist on a flight without a passport then I would imagine that those same men could get Snowden on a flight.


Sat, 06/29/2013 - 02:31 | 3705658 Joenobody12
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A second or third passport is not going to help. They can always catch up with you. The trick is to have a second identity altogether.

Sat, 06/29/2013 - 05:02 | 3705710 smacker
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Agreed. A second ID is the safest solution.

And ensure each one has its own history and there are zero links or connections between them.

But it's getting more difficult to create a second ID since The Day of The Jackal, and more recently, since sophisticated imaging software is being developed which is able to identify a person by his/her "gait", irrespective of facial appearance. There are probably ways to fool such software.....

Sun, 06/30/2013 - 05:45 | 3707310 are we there yet
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With Congress at 17% approval rating, Snowden has three times the approval rating of Congress. The public sees Congress as having less ethics than a traitor. Pilosi lick me.

Sun, 06/30/2013 - 11:40 | 3707671 widget
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His last book read was Hillary Clinton's autobiography and he wishes to come to the United States. The irony...

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