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Edward Snowden Issues Statement From Moscow, Slams Obama

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Via Wikileaks:

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America have been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

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.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden

Monday 1st July 2013

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 18:12 | 3711523 francis_sawyer
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On this July 4th holiday... Let 'Serfdom' Ring...

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 18:17 | 3711542 James_Cole
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Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 18:44 | 3711646 1100-TACTICAL-12
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Here's what you do Ed. Find a way to get to Mexico , Change your name to Abdul Ali Sanchez , sneek across the border. report to the local HHS office & sighn up for your benifits.

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 18:47 | 3711652 jbvtme
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i'm skeptical of this character snowden.  however, this incident continues to embarrass this country at every turn.

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 18:52 | 3711681 BoNeSxxx
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Patriot.  <------ PERIOD

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 18:59 | 3711705 krispkritter
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Snowden should have asylum, Obama/Holder, etc. should be in one...

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 19:06 | 3711724 Fukushima Sam
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I was going to write my congresspeople about this, but then realized that would result in me getting put on a list or two...

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 19:09 | 3711740 jbvtme
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and worse, they'll be watching you darn your sock puppet in your rocking chair

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 20:05 | 3711917 Pladizow
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Snowden is treating Obummer like the whore he is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want—they don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interest. You know something, they don’t want people that are smart enough to sit around their kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. Because the owners of this country know the truth, it’s called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.” George Carlin

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 20:07 | 3711950 Pegasus Muse
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Powerful commentary.  Greenwald speaks truth to power.  Well worth the 55 minutes.


Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out



Mon, 07/01/2013 - 20:29 | 3711997 clymer
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I just can't believe it took the liberal trendies 5 friggin years to figure Barry out. Gee, didn't the 180 on FISA and warrantless wiretaps clue you in back in 08? Or the 1 Billion dollar campaign courtesy of Goldman Sachs? I knew the trendies would come along sooner or later, just wish it was sooner.

Not Edward Snowden -he cast a ballot for Ron Paul in 08. God speed sir.

If you can let us know via ZH or reddit, or any other way how we can help fund your predicament

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 20:31 | 3712036 DaddyO
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Holy Sh*te, what is ZH coming to, over 300 comments for ES and 17 for Benzo Diazabernanke.

We've all lost site of the fiatsco and its puppeteer...


Mon, 07/01/2013 - 21:14 | 3712144 Yes We Can. But...
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I love Edward Snowden, who has done more good for his country than Bernanke could ever hope to. That is, if we heed his clarion call informing us all as to the deep corruption, cynicism, abusiveness and negligence of our government.

I look forward to more revelations. I hope concerned Americans will get behind his cause and support him and build upon his effort to right this country. I hope that there will be a way I can help him if he needs it, financially or otherwise. He is a hero, a patriot, a historical figure, and his actions and word may provide the impetus to right this nation and clear our cockroaches like Obama, Holder, Napolitano, Clapper and many other statist goons.

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 21:17 | 3712180 Real Estate Geek
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I keep finding reasons to like this kid.  Latest one is his use of the plural in this sentence: "For decades the United States of America have been one of the strongest defenders of . . . "

Stay tough, lad.

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 22:36 | 3712403 jerry_theking_lawler
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haven't seen it in so long....had to reread it to make certain it was right....yep, it is.

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 22:44 | 3712430 Spirit Of Truth
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All you ignoramuses lauding this treasonous jackal would do best by following his patriotism by taking the soonest available one-way flight to Moscow where you seem to think freedom reigns.  Other than that, there's a need for America to defend its national security from enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC.


Ying yangs...

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 23:00 | 3712478 TheFourthStooge-ing
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...said the kook that thinks he's the reincarnated Jesus.

MDB and AnAnonymous have more credibility.

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 02:24 | 3712949 BaBaBouy
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AN ABSOLUTE HERO, 2013 Man Of The Year, Maybe Decade...

I Bowe At His Feet...

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 14:54 | 3714769 nugjuice
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Spirit, I think you're missing the point. He didn't go to Russia b/c he's a Russian spy. He went to Russia because he's being hunted by his own country and he knows that Russia isn't our friend. If we had welcomed him back with open arms he never would have gone there. Nobody is saying we think Russia is a wonderful place, we just think it's one of the few places not afraid to say 'fuck you' to TPTB in the USA

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 14:53 | 3714770 nugjuice
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Edit: dupe post

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 23:21 | 3712565 tango
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I disagree with your assumption (and think Snowden has done us all a good thing) but it is galling in the extreme to read on ZH, a forum allegedly dedicated to individual liberty, fulsome praise for such authoritarian states as Iran, Syria, China and Russia.  One can disagree with the actions of one's governments without losing all sense of proportion.  After all, a site like ZH would not be allowed to exist in any of the countries so often fawned over in these columns.  

Obama and Company are angry not that someone "broke the law" (the Administration does that routinely) but that embarrassing secrets were revealed.  Pathetically and ironically, our massive collections of data has not helped analysis one whit.   What good does it do to record the actions of every man, woman and child on the planet if incorrect conclusions are drawn? 

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 23:29 | 3712593 DoChenRollingBearing
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Yes, very good reply, + 1.

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 23:32 | 3712611 Spirit Of Truth
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I concur that all the information gathering in the world won't do you a bit of good if your underlying judgment is flawed.  This is why the DJIA today currently trades around the 15000 mark.  What we are at in the current age is an ultimate peak of misled collective beliefs and expectations even though there has never before been such massive knowledge.  This is the Elliott Wave Grand Supercycle peak playing out in human history:


As for Western "intelligence", there's probably never been a more profound oxymoron:


Moscow is misleading the West, and the world as-a-whole, into collective destruction and subjugation:


And this will be done in the name of "god" when nothing could be further from the truth:


Mon, 07/01/2013 - 23:42 | 3712650 tango
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Thanks for the reply but I don't get the religious aspect since Biblical prophecy was ALWAYS for those who heard the prophecy itself - never for thousands of years in the future in a land they didn't even know existed. Russia is not misleading at all.  She is very clear about what she wants but I don't worry since she is doomed by demographics - massive dying off accompanied by massive Muslim growth, a disaster in the wings.  

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 01:23 | 3712873 Lore
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Elliott Wave charts are like Global Warming charts. They look backward and tweak the analysis to fit the thesis.

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 09:07 | 3713463 StandardDeviant
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Yes, the above post was worth a -1 just for dredging up this rubbish.

A better analogy than global warming charts might be the ancient Greek astronomers' epicycles, in which the retrograde (non-circular) motion of the planets was explained away by having them move around the earth in circles like the other stars -- but then move in smaller counter-rotating circles, then in smaller circles again, and so on, so as to approximate the observed behaviour.  All very clever, but in fact bears no relation to what is really going on.

And, like astrology, it's not falsifiable.  If an EW prediction happens not to work out, there's always an explanation/excuse, usually involving a longer- or shorter-term cycle which, if it had been properly accounted for, would of course have resulted in the correct prediction.  More wishful thinking.

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 09:38 | 3713617 Spirit Of Truth
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Thanks for the reply but I don't get the religious aspect since Biblical prophecy was ALWAYS for those who heard the prophecy itself - never for thousands of years in the future in a land they didn't even know existed. Russia is not misleading at all.  She is very clear about what she wants but I don't worry since she is doomed by demographics - massive dying off accompanied by massive Muslim growth, a disaster in the wings.  


Tue, 07/02/2013 - 00:17 | 3712730 Taku
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Snowden uncovered illegal government surveillance of American homeland citizens.


That's something some conveniently overlook.

The argument 'any cost to protect security' has been used before by regimes.

Think about where things are headed.

If any cost including illegal is OK, then where is the line?

It's wherever the State says.

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 09:08 | 3713466 StandardDeviant
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So is the definition of "illegal".

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 00:38 | 3712773 Nehweh Gahnin
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Neither truth, nor spirit.

Not the first down-arrow I've been forced to inflict upon you.

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 01:47 | 3712912 Tsukato
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Haha! Good one! Just flawless! However, if you're not joking, then this is something all together. People need to grow the fuck up. We may all be Americans, but make no mistake, we needn't be our brothers keeper. There are a hell of a lot of Americans that are by no means our brothers, nor beneficial to the republic, or the idea of liberty. We needn't always make excuses for the stupid, lazy, cowardly, or spite filled. We all know who these people are. And. That they are unchangable. They are a cancer in the body pf human freedom,needing to be removed. If not for us and our posterity, then for the whole world. If Americans can't turn this machine of tyranny off, who will?

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 23:47 | 3712669 Uchtdorf
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I noticed that, too, and thought most Americans don't write like that, but perhaps a highly educated Russian might.

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 03:42 | 3713020 Sandmann
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Some Americans can write English well, few it is true, but there are some and you clearly do not know them

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 21:06 | 3712150 Troll Magnet
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have you read some of the comments on liberal blogs? they remain CLUELESS. they deserve to be slaves.

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 21:14 | 3712172 James_Cole
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Not that it should need to be stated, but for the dumbasses out there... Few Americans (including most of the commentators on this site) are either liberal or conservative, they'll vote for whatever is convienent. Lot of the morons on here would happily vote in fascists as long as it satisfied their xenophobia (as evidenced from an article earlier today). 

For the record, the Snowden leaks were first published by a liberal newspaper (funded by a trust) in an article written by the keynote speaker at the socialist conference 2013. 

Deal with it. 

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 21:46 | 3712259 Ident 7777 economy
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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 22:51 | 3712451 disabledvet
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the oddity of one of the lowest turnout elections in history being declared a "mandate" did stand out to me. Nixon was VERY popular as well..."until he wasn't." nobody believed all the "wackos who thought the President was so stupid as to personally order the break in at the Watergate hotel." check your emotions at the door...and don't underestimate the ability of Americans to check in their's.

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 01:29 | 3712884 Lore
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It is clear that James hasn't spent much time on ZH, or if he has, not much has penetrated.

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 22:46 | 3712433 Spirit Of Truth
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Could you be more specific?

Thanks for the comment.

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 00:05 | 3712716 BeetleBailey
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wow...an asinine message, delivered in douchebag style...that'll win people over

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 00:55 | 3712810 James_Cole
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Not trying to win anyone over, the folks here whining endlessly about liberals, black people, mexicans, etc. ought to be called out from time to time, otherwise this place'll be completely overrun by stormfront. 

These last few months there's been a deluge of whining from these pathetic white supremacists. If you can't compete with liberals, mexicans etc., it's not their fault, it's yours.

Many of these stories zh is regularly citing are coming from liberal newspapers, organizations and writers, get the fuck over it already. 

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 03:44 | 3713023 Tsukato
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Hey shit for brains: not every person who doesn't want to get ass raped by Israel, lose their jobs to Asians, and Latinos, and doesn't love Obama, is a xenophobe or white supremacist, people like you should learn to shut the fuck up, as CHANGE is coming, and cunts like you will be hanging from light poles. Enough serious people have had enough of your ilk...be you American, or not.

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 09:12 | 3713473 StandardDeviant
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One has to love that whole "freedom of speech" thing, no?

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 21:36 | 3712239 BoNeSxxx
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Don't fret DaddyO... it's just that ES is fresh news...

Ben "Printerhands" is... well... still printing...

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 23:14 | 3712469 Al Gorerhythm
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Daddy me boyo, you need to read the Carlin quote and learn to identify or do I sense a smidgeon of <sarc> there

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 20:50 | 3712106 ACP
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Disagree...they have figured him out, and they love him for it.

Every liberal's dream is to oppress anyone who disagrees with their cause. Preferably kill everyone who disagrees. This was true with single socialist movement in world history.

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 21:06 | 3712125 clymer
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well then those brain-dead, starry-eyed, pencil-dicked, no-load pukes are in for one hell of a rude awakening when they finally figure Barry-O for what he is. HINT: the plan don't include you, trendies

it truly is too rich; vote for a guy because you like his sound bytes and bumber stickers, and the fact that he can speak so gracefully (while reading a teleprompter), but ignore the corporate lobby behind his campaign. I never can figure out people who don't at least try to see the big picture.

It's like they said to them selves, "Let's see. I hate Facism. So I Will VOTE FOR IT!!" yeah, thats the ticket.

here's a word to remember for the next time you have a chance to mobilize behind a POTUS candidate: DUPED

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 23:31 | 3712606 DoChenRollingBearing
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Lenin had the right term for them: "useful idiots"

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 23:34 | 3712616 Meat Hammer
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Someone once commented here on ZH that the closest supporters of tyranny are the first to go to the gulags.  

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 23:45 | 3712659 tango
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Actually the first to be swept up and removed from public life were the intellectuals - journalists, teachers, lawyers and liberal democrats (classic sense).  Both the USSR and Nazi Germany sought to remove the head - the rest was easy.  

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