Greenwald: "The US Government Should Be On Its Knees Every Day Praying That Nothing Happens To Snowden"

Tyler Durden's picture

Edward Snowden may be America's persona most non grata in the entire world, but he has an insurance policy against "accidents": a treasure trove of supposedly damaging secrets about the US that will hit the public domain if something were to happen to the 30 year old whistleblower. A trove is so damaging that according to Glenn Greenwald, Snowden "poses more of a threat to the U.S. than anyone in the country’s history." Well, maybe a threat to the "government" which now only represents the interests of various corporations and Wall Street, but certainly not to what the US was supposed to be before it was hijacked by special interests, lobbies and the creature from Jekyll Island.

In an interview with Argentinian newspaper La Nacion, The Guardian's journalist who first broke the Snowden story, said that "Snowden has enough information to cause more damage to the U.S. government in a minute alone than anyone else has ever had in the history of the United States.

Asked if he was afraid that Snowden might be killed, Greenwald said: “If something were to happen, those documents would be made public. This is your insurance policy," according to The Hill.

"The U.S. government should be on your knees every day praying that nothing happens to Snowden, because if something happens, all information will be revealed and that would be their worst nightmare," Greenwald added.

As noted earlier, it is Latin America, China and Russia that is the model "axis" for Greenwald, as only those countries are not afraid to stand up to US bullying and intimidation. That this bipolar distribution of world powers will likely define world events for the years to come is certainly something to keep in mind.

Greenwald said the asylum offers from Latin America showed that the U.S. was less intimidating to certain countries around the world.

“Only a few countries, including several in Latin America, China and Russia, have challenged the U.S., have realized that America is no longer in a position of strength as it did before with the rest of the world, and that the rest of the countries do not have to obey their demands as if it were an imperial order,” Greenwald said.

Of course, resolving the Snowden "situation" does not have to be terminal: the 30 year old would likely survive some 40-50 years in maximum security penitentiary if preserving his life was of tantamount importance: something the US legal system, responsible for such smash hits as Eric Holder, would have no problem with.

Still, the consistent critic of U.S. intelligence policies also said that Snowden’s position was dicey, and that the leaker needed to stay out of U.S. custody – given how “extremely vindictive” American officials have proven.


The American judicial system, Greenwald said, "cannot be trusted when it comes to people accused of endangering the national security. The judges do everything they can to secure convictions in these cases."

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The full interview with a rough English translation as recommended by Greenwald himself, is below:

"Snowden has enough information to cause more damage to the U.S. government in a minute alone than anyone else has ever had in the history of the United States," said the NATION Greenwald, 46, and since these latitudes write regularly on international security issues have made him famous, winner of several distinguished awards.

Today, the New Yorker, a former lawyer, is in the eye of the storm. Lawmakers in Washington want to put him on trial, spies of various countries seek Snowden secret information shared with him last month in Hong Kong and he still sent from Moscow through an encrypted email system. He knows he's being watched and that their conversations are monitored. They even steal the laptop from her boyfriend Rio, of your own home.

Three men wait in the lobby of the hotel Royal Tulip with credentials of a congress of osteoporosis which the custodian has no idea. Are they really doctors or are following Greenwald? Appearances are deceptive.

- Does Snowden's decision to stay in Russia while achieving come to Latin America?

-Yes, the most important thing is not to end in U.S. custody, which proved extremely vindictive government to punish those who reveal uncomfortable truths, and in whose judicial system can not be trusted when it comes to people accused of endangering the national security, the judges do everything they can to secure convictions in these cases. It would be immediately put in prison to cover the debate that helped generate, and end the rest of his days behind bars.

- Russia gives security guarantees?

-Not many countries in the world that have the ability and willingness to defy U.S. demands. But Russia is one of those countries and it has been good so far.

- Beyond the revelations about the spying system performance in general, what extra information has Snowden?

-Snowden has enough information to cause more damage to the U.S. government in a minute alone than anyone else has ever had in the history of the United States. But that's not his goal. Its objective is to expose software that people around the world use without knowing what they are exposing themselves without consciously agreeing to surrender their rights to privacy. It has a huge number of documents that would be very harmful to the U.S. government if they were made public.

- Are you afraid that someone will try to kill him?

It's a possibility, although I do not bring many benefits to anyone at this point. Already distributed thousands of documents and made sure that several people around the world have their entire file. If something were to happen, those documents would be made public. This is your insurance policy. The U.S. government should be on your knees every day praying that nothing happens to Snowden, because if something happens, all information will be revealed and that would be their worst nightmare.

- Can Latin America be a good shelter for Snowden?

-Only a few countries, including several in Latin America, China and Russia, have challenged the U.S., have realized that America is no longer in a position of strength as it did before with the rest of the world, and that the rest of the countries do not have to obey their demands as if it were an imperial order. In Latin America feels a natural sympathy for the United States, yet there is a great resentment for specific historical policies of Washington toward the region. What happened to the plane of Evo Morales in Europe caused a strong reaction, was treated as if Bolivia was a colony and not a sovereign state.

-From Snowden shared documents with you, there is much more information related to Latin America?

Yes For each country that has an advanced communications system, such as from Mexico to Argentina, there are documents that detail how the United States collects the traffic information, the programs that are used to capture the transmissions, the number of interceptions are performed per day, and more. One way to intercept communications is through a telephone corporation in the United States that has contracts with telecommunications companies in most Latin American countries. The important thing will be to see what the reaction of the various governments. I do not think that the governments of Mexico and Colombia do much about it. But maybe those of Argentina and Venezuela itself willing to take action.

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LetThemEatRand's picture

So release it already.   Whatever "damage" would be done is presumably because of illegal activity that he is exposing.  If he truly can't divulge certain information without being the traitor they claim he is, why didn't he put everything else into a "doomsday" file to be released and keep whatever he considers legitimate/legal intelligence gathering separate?   

Skateboarder's picture

Praying? On your knees? What are you, some kind of antimurkan mooselimb?

Deo vindice's picture

The time has come to simply care for our own. Our governments have forgotten both God and their responsibility to uphold the liberties that our Creator has granted.

I have enjoyed my time reading and participating on ZH, but now I take my leave.

Tyler, I would ask you to delete my name and comments, removing me and them rom here and not having the handle taken by another.

I have no intention of commenting further.

Stares straight ahead's picture

Greenwald just put a big target on Snowden's back for international assassins.

suteibu's picture

Indeed. Easy way out for Putin.  Blames Snowden's death on Obama and gets all the dope on the US for free.  Bonus.

LetThemEatRand's picture

"It has come to our attention that you violated numerous State Attorney's Office (SAO) policies and procedures and have engaged in deliberate misconduct that is especially egregious in light of your position."

Translation -- you spoke what you believe to be the truth, which is a fireable offence when employed by the State.

bigdumbnugly's picture
Greenwald: "The US Government Should Be On Its Knees Every Day Praying That Nothing Happens To Snowden"


silly glen greenwald.

doesn't he know the US government is already on its knees to loyd blankfein and jamie dimon and don't have no time for any of that prayin stuff.

max2205's picture

Maybe he has barry's birth certificate

Bindar Dundat's picture

If they wanted him dead , it would be done by now.  As a former politician  all I can say is:

1) Nothing is an accident

2) nothing is ever what it seems, and

3) Everybody is a little bit crazy when it comes to protecting their pensions....

bunnyswanson's picture

It has been 3 weeks.  William Cooper took a few years.  You folks who are so quick to dismiss him are the mystery here.  I have had a person spend 20 minutes on a comment site proving with little evidence what you have just said.  However, he never answered my question:  What would the goal be in providing us with information they have spent a decade concealing?  Answer that please.

ATM's picture

If the goal is the destruction of the USA, as I beleive Obama and his Maoists fellow travelers are working towards, then the destruction of all trust in the USA as a partner and ally needs to be part of the plan.

Isolate and humiliate.

What better way than to hold up to the world the despicable spying, lying and the sham that is Amerocan 'Liberty'? You destroy the image and the desire of people to live in what has been a beacon of freedom for people around the world and they become resigned to the fact that everyone must live under the hevy hand of government tyrants, for our own good.


edit.... and here it comes.

Element's picture



And let's not leave out the people who stupidly say "Snowden's produced nothing new that was not already known", as these people should be directly bailed-up to explain how, and what exactly they knew about the PRISM program, before Edward Snowden spilled the beans about it, and revealed its' whole US and wider global architecture, and its sub-program linkages, operation, and data flow?




yup ... because they're either completely full of shit, or plain dishonest spinners making crap up, or the despicable shitbird with a tawdry blog which needs some traffic-stat goosing, to try and pay the monthly bills (and it's not really surprising such sites struggle to attract traffic, but they haven't worked that part out yet).

mvsjcl's picture

I down-voted you not for the content of your post, but for being a former politician.

ATM's picture

I up voted you but he is a FORMER politician..... Maybe I should down vote you?? Shit it's so confusing.

mvsjcl's picture

I sort of see what you mean, but should one be forgiven for being a former concentration camp guard? "Former" bestows no forgiveness.

SuccorMoney's picture

Probably Mitt's tax returns, too.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Well, LTER, I guess I am scared to shit with what St. Snowden might have.  That info will land us in FEMA Camp for sure, see ya there soon!

LetThemEatRand's picture

I'd say I'll buy you a beer there, but my guess is they won't sell it.

Prometheus418's picture

Sure they will, LTER-

You've got to get with the flipside of your literary coin, and remember that Orwell gave the proles both synthetic gin and Soma.

Nothin' says Uncle Sam lovin' like some cheap domestic lager.  Probably won't even have to pay for it- my guess is that they hand out drink tickets like a beer tent at a fair.  I'm going to predict two tickets for every man and woman over 21 per day, and they'll be one of the hotter forms of currency in the trailer district.

Don't forget what the Romans knew- In Vino Veritas.  Busting someone for being rowdy and mouthy in a controlled area has a... sobering effect on the rest of the inmates.  They don't even need to back-bag or disappear anyone- hell, if they're clever, they'll bring back the stockades, and those who weren't there can indulge their two minutes hate on Monday morning, when they throw rotten rations at the troublemakers.  That way, everyone can feel like the slavery was their own idea.

Yeah, I know.  Fuck me for thinking like they do.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I can hardly wait to get back to America, Snowden & Zimmerman, what a circus our country has become.

Robot Traders Mom's picture

Have either Greenwald or Assange ever 'released' anything that has resulted in a US or Israeli official losing their job?


As sadistic as it is to say, our intelligence can get to anyone. They can get to Kennedy and MLK but they can't get to Julian Assange? 


Anything that Assange or Greenwald touches, has to be looked at as disinfo, at this point. Assange intercepted Manning's document release and Greenwald may have done that with Snowden...If he is truly for tranparency, we'd have everything by now. Nothing would be held back. Every single one of us would have dropped it at once. 

Skateboarder's picture

RT's Mom, that is the cold truth my friend. Thank you for stating it.

The lack of transparency, even from the 'whistleblowers,' is alarming to say the least. If anyone really cared that much, the info would be in public sight immediately and we would be busy bringing out the guillotines.

But nope, you got another season of NFL to watch, brudda.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I hate to say it because I was 100% behind this guy, but I'm starting to think the same thing.  If you have "deep throat" evidence of an illegal government conspiracy, and you call yourself a whistleblower, you blow the whistle.  Sure you may hold some stuff back until you are safe and sound, but this appears to be more than that.  Fuck I hate these fuckers.

francis_sawyer's picture

All I know is that we're on, like, DAY 33 of the 'no new Snowden foto' [un]watch... Not even those clever 'Sunglass Hut' employees can't get to him...

LetThemEatRand's picture

I've been a sucker before.  Won't be the last time I'm sure.  But the jury is still out on Snowden.  Whether he's a plant or the real deal, he did wake up a lot of people.  If they intended that, I can only imagine what they have in mind next.

Skateboarder's picture

I was going to say exactly what Francis said. So many days and yet no information? Is he busy getting a month long BJ? What else can keep matters so fucking pertinent to the entire human species from release?

Kabuki. So much of it.

I've seen your support for this fool under the right datapoint contexts, and your support is warranted under those contexts which have previously elapsed. But in just a short month we are in different times, man. Everything you hear on MSM is pure story, nothing else.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I will reluctantly admit my error when it is apparent, but I still see some hope that he's the real deal.  Keep in mind that the people whose information he is (supposedly) revealing are extremely clever.  There are entire agencies devoted to counter-intelligence.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

I don't think the US government would have forced down the plane of a sovereign nations President because they suspected he was on board - only to find out they were wrong; if he was a plant.

It simply makes no sense. 

In order for the guy to be a plant, they have to be willing to (further) piss off most of the world, further alienate a certain segment of the US population, publicly embarass tech partners such as MSFT GOOG, AAPL etc., and have some of their most closely guarded secrets plastered all over the internet. 

And for what end? 

To further scare people? To make sure the sheeple stay in line? It's not like the sheeple were exactly restive to begin with. 

I'm willing to keep an open mind on the issue; but at this point the cost benefit ratio of the guy being a plant is way out of kilter in my opinion . 

Edited to add: I'm an honest man. I'll admit that I want to believe him. 

Almost Solvent's picture

I generally agree, but maybe the President of Boliva (or wherever) didn't send Obama a card on his birthday last year or forgot to send him a congratulations after the re-election. 

francis_sawyer's picture

President of Bolivia... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!... Give me a break... CIA are the biggest drug runners on the planet... They probably own Bolivia...

disabledvet's picture

REALLY? well why don't go on down there big boy and advertise to all those "Latino's" that you're Mr. Big Wig CIA cocktard then? something tells me "they're very picky about the CIA guys they deal with" down there and drug dealing types are REALLY not how you want to advertise yourself...especially if you're "mr pretend to be CIA guy." but hey...i look forward to your field reports fine sir!

francis_sawyer's picture

You seriously don't get the point... They're all in business together [not competing against each other]...

eatapeach's picture

Yeah, you right. The fringes must be entertained, too. ZH thinkers probably prefer this international boogie to NASCAR, but we're all part of the taxed masses everywhere. Living like Thoreau may be the answer.

phaedrus1952's picture

A poster on page 4 (as of this posting) has a 'take' from Jim Willie that I personally think explains this Snowden narrative ... a war being waged by different factions of the intelligence agencies upon one another for very high stakes indeed.

disabledvet's picture

once you make it personal and involve a head of State...guess what....this isn't a bureaucratic battle anymore.

zjxn06's picture

The Reality of America


"I’d thank my lucky stars to be livin’ here today, 
’Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away,  And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free." – Lee Greenwood

Poor Edward Snowden. The man performed a valuable public service. He should get a medal on this Independence Day. Instead, he will have to face the music.

“As Snowden looks for asylum, doors slam around the world,” says the International Herald Tribune.

Tuesday, the Russians seemed to close their doors to him. Ecuador seems to be withdrawing its invitation. Venezuela and Bolivia are still possibilities.

But like Julian Assange, he may be forced to hole up in some gloomy embassy. Or worse, he may be handed over to the US for a full program of torture. Yes, they could force him to watch TV! Or a Senate hearing! Or listen to Lee Greenwood whine on the radio!

He will surely want to slit his wrists after a few hours… saving the feds the cost of killing him.

Yes, the music Snowden will face, if he is delivered to the Americans, will be grim. He will be charged with treason… which comes with a funeral dirge.

Here at The Daily Reckoning, we are shoulder to shoulder with Snowden. “He broke the law,” say the news reports. That’s what we admire about him. Sometimes the law needs to be broken.

America circa 2013: History will record that laws grew up like kudzu.

One law told people they had to have health insurance, whether they wanted it or not. Another told them what they could do with their money… another gave them the right to ingest certain things, but not others.

The proliferation of laws made more and more things unlawful. You cannot smoke a cigarette where you please. You cannot have a private conversation. You cannot do this… but you must do that.

This trend gave lawmakers — including mid-level bureaucrats and unnamed officials — more and more power. And took power away from ordinary citizens, who were convinced that it made sense to limit their rights more and more to preserve their freedom.

And every day, during the summer of 2013, the sun shone, the kudzu grew, and wrapped itself around their necks. Did they fail to report a $5 tip? Did they forget to separate their garbage? Or dare to fix a clogged toilet without a permit? Americans were so proud of their freedom, they didn’t notice how fast they were losing it.

They didn’t notice (how could they?) the huge growth in secret organizations around Washington. They could scarcely remember going through an airport without standing in ‘security’ lines with their belts and shoes in their hands. They had to assume (what else could they do?) that public officials really were working to make their lives safer and more prosperous.

But, as more and more things could get you into trouble (more than anyone could possibly keep track of), it became more and more important to keep one’s affairs private.

Likewise, the controllers found it ever more convenient to tap phones and record private email conversations. Who knows when you might say something they could use against you!

Is the kind of “big data” the feds are gathering useful? Our friend Nassim Taleb tells us that it is probably less accurate… or more prone to misconstruction… than the feds believe:

“We’re more fooled by noise than ever before, and it’s because of a nasty phenomenon called ‘big data.’ With big data, researchers have brought cherry-picking to an industrial level.

“Modernity provides too many variables, but too little data per variable. So the spurious relationships grow much, much faster than real information. In other words: Big data may mean more information, but it also means more false information.”

But this is just great for the feds. They know perfectly well that the fight against terror is a pretext. They are zombies. The real goal of zombies is to increase their power and wealth at someone else’s expense. And for that, false information is better than the real thing.

False information can show anything you want it to show — even that a 93-year-old great grandmother is a threat to the nation.

Lies are more valuable, to them, than the truth.

Edward Snowden came out and revealed the extent to which the feds — under the guise of protecting us from terrorism — are keeping track of everyone and everyone’s business.

This was deeply disturbing to thoughtful people… if there still were any who feared the rise of an all-knowing, all-powerful Big Brother state from which no secrets are kept and from which no desires are hidden.

And it was disturbing too to the Big Brothers. They insist on knowing everything about everybody else’s business. But they made it a crime to reveal what they were up to!

In short, nobody likes a snitch… and a snoop especially dislikes a snitch.

Snowden was paid to snoop, not to snitch. He was paid to break the law and lie about it. And now he may have to face the law and pay the price for telling the truth.


Bill Bonner
for The Daily Reckoning

Element's picture



"... Big data may mean more information, but it also means more false information.”

They're more than OK with misunderstanding this rapidly-accreting false info as well though ... look what they did to Iraq with false info ... they love using false info to smear and present the public with iron-clad innuendo. It works just as well you just need a lot of it and repeat the innuendo and keep it in the public eye plus 'stay-on-message'. Then you call the resulting bombardment and blood-bath, the gutting of a whole-country, using entirely false-pretense and outright lies something ritzy and cool, like, "Shock-n-Awe" ... because we all know ... those bastards had it comin' to 'em.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


All I know is that we're on, like, DAY 33 of the 'no new Snowden foto' [un]watch... Not even those clever 'Sunglass Hut' employees can't get to him...

Actually, we're back to day one:

Just tryin' to help.

PC Load Letter's picture

If Putin says you can't release any info while on Russian soil, you don't do it. He will wait until he leaves Russia before disclosing anything else

dark pools of soros's picture

maybe Snowden isn't releasing everything since he wants... one ... MIIILLION...  dollars ??



Prometheus418's picture

Run, Snowden Rabbit, Run.

He's a decoy being used to gage public reaction.  If you have the sand, stand up and bellow- if not enough of us do, TPTB will use it as a form of passive consent for further erosion of our liberty.

Go Tribe's picture

Hopefully an NFL season minus Cruz. What an asshole that guy is.

seek's picture

I think the issue is they don't want to appear heavy handed.

If Snowden isn't a plant, then I think you can blame several recent departures from the current administration on him, including the guy in charge of DHS.

At the level Snowden is dealing with, everyone is in on the scam. Anyone that "loses" a job does so for PR/perception value. If they could actually lose a job, it would imply they had a superior that wasn't corrupted, and that's not the case.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I saw what you did there (he).  Good one.

franzpick's picture

So did I see it, the departure of a 'pioneer' coiffed accomplice, but whereto, the office next to Valerie, in what used to be the WH?