Snowden Says "Stranded In Russia By State Department"; Kerry Blasts "Man-Up And Come Back To US"

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This evening's interview between Edward Snowden and NBC's Brian Williams is already stirring up controversy. In one excerpt, Snowden blames the State Department for "stranding him" in Russia, saying he "never intended" to wind up there. John Kerry has been quick to react to this "For a supposedly smart guy, that’s a pretty dumb answer, frankly," Kerry said. "If Mr. Snowden wants to come back to the United States today, we'll have him on a flight today." In an interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC, Kerry called Snowden a "coward" and a "traitor," adding that "he should man up and come back to the United States," the secretary of state said. There is a live special at 11ET (below) after the televised interview.


As NBC reports,Snowden was "stranded" in Russia by the State Department...

"I personally am surprised that I ended up here," Snowden said in the interview, an excerpt of which aired on TODAY on Wednesday morning.


Snowden's comments about his new home came in an extended, wide-ranging interview with Williams, his first with a U.S. television network, airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.


"The reality is I never intended to end up in Russia," he said. "I had a flight booked to Cuba onwards to Latin America and I was stopped because the United States government decided to revoke my passport and trap me in Moscow Airport.


"So when people ask why are you in Russia, I say, 'Please ask the State Department."

To which John Kerry responded...


"For a supposedly smart guy, that’s a pretty dumb answer, frankly," Kerry said. "If Mr. Snowden wants to come back to the United States today, we'll have him on a flight today.


"We'd be delighted for him to come back. He should come back. That's what a patriot would do. A patriot would not run away and look for refuge in Russia or Cuba or some other country. A patriot would stand up in the United States and make his case to the American people," Kerry added.


"He can come home but he’s a fugitive from justice which is why he is not being permitted to fly around the world," he said.


Asked whether he had changed his mind about the nature of Snowden's actions, Kerry said Snowden "stole" information and did "great damage" to the United States.


"The fact is if he cares so much about America and he believes in America, he should trust in the American system of justice," Kerry said.


"But to be hiding in Russia, an authoritarian country, and to have just admitted he was really just trying to get to Cuba — what does that tell you?" he added. "I think he's confused. I think it's very sad."


In an interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC, Kerry called Snowden a "coward" and a "traitor."




"He should man up and come back to the United States," the secretary of state said.

Snowden also fought back against critics who dismissed him as a low-level hacker — saying he was “trained as a spy” and offered technical expertise to high levels of government.

At 11pm ET Brian Williams will be hosting a live special analysis of what was said...

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Wed, 05/28/2014 - 22:09 | 4804013 Joebloinvestor
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Kerry has a lot of fucking nerve.

get Hillary to "man up".

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 22:15 | 4804039 kliguy38
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Lurch is a douchebag 

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 22:19 | 4804058 Slave
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I can't imagine what they're going to do to this poor kid when they finally catch him. And my tax dollars will fund it...

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 22:35 | 4804078 ZerOhead
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What is really hilarious is that Edward Snowden was on his way to Ecuador.

If Kerry and State Department had not revoked his passport he would have been back already since Correa certainly wasn't going to give him amnesty...


Kerry is an idiot who thinks he is smart. The worst kind of idiot. Come back and stand before the American system of justice my ass...

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 22:37 | 4804113 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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I'd like to believe if they tried offing or arresting Snowden he'd become a martyr and all hell would break loose, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 22:45 | 4804148 AlaricBalth
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For a man who has no time to testify in Congress about Benghazi, Kerry certainly has the time to comment about Edward Snowden.

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 22:51 | 4804153 strannick
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A weasel Kerry calling someone a coward?

Snowden is courage personified in this day and age. He knows the stab you in back CIA will torture or kill him if they get their hands on him.

Kerry marries his billions, a cauligen-faced Georgetown skirt chaser, selling out America to the Banks and their CIA bagboys every step of the way.

John Kerry. Take a look at Edward Snowden. A courageous patriot. Putting it on the line for what America stands for, liberty and freedom. Not babbletalking NBC propaganda while running errands for your Banker bosses.

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 22:51 | 4804162 Gringo Viejo
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A "kept man" telling another man to "man up". John Kerry would have to stand on his mother's shoulders just to kiss Snowden's ass.

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:02 | 4804200 The Juggernaut
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Edward Snowden: Saw Something.  Said Something.

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:12 | 4804232 RetiredSilverBug
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Right, stop partying and go to prison. Such a great deal!

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:15 | 4804248 tmosley
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Yeah, come back so we can torture you to death, ya coward.

Kerry, and indeed ever member of the last three administrations, is a mad dog, and needs to be put down.  The US government is now publically recognized as 100% evil, and the rest of the world isn't going to stand for it any more.  Neither should we.

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:19 | 4804261 gmrpeabody
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Wish Kerry would man up and resign...

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:27 | 4804275 Comte de Saint ...
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Edward Snowden = disinformation agent

This is just an ongoing PSYOP targeting to distract the attention of the ignorant masses.


Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:37 | 4804313 g'kar
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All he wants to do is come in from the cold.

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:46 | 4804336 Rusty Shorts
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Jason Bourne, park bench.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 00:09 | 4804381 john39
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Snowden just signed off on the gov version of 911. What more proof do you need? Fake.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 00:20 | 4804404 SafelyGraze
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asma says for kerry to man-up and come to syria

and bring roses

and wine

and brush your teeth


Thu, 05/29/2014 - 00:29 | 4804429 JohnnyBriefcase
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Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:55 | 4804349 CognacAndMencken
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Snowden should practice what he preaches.... move to Somalia and live in true libertarian, anti-government paradise.  Lots of guns there, too.  

Or maybe he should convert all his money into silver and loose 50% of his wealth.  

Both are great libertarian choices.  


Thu, 05/29/2014 - 00:38 | 4804357 The_Prisoner
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What's with the pompous names the government trolls are going by these days? You, and that count cunt above?

Contrary from you. I do not assign a man's worth by the amount of money he acquires irrespective of the means by which he acquires it.

You should go and hang out with chindit13, he too, thought that the fact he made "smart" investment decisions made him superiour to everyone.

Around here everyone knows you're a common cunt. 

 Edit: Mencken would spit on you if he saw you using his name whilst spouting the statist line.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 00:17 | 4804396 McMolotov
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What an ignorant douche-tard.

Thanks for parroting the "Somalia is a libertarian paradise" meme I've mentioned several times in the past. Did all the anti-libertarians get a list of the same talking points? The Somalia thing is apparently the insult of choice for internet statist trolls who have a problem with people who dislike oppressive governments. It shows up everywhere from Politico to Kos to DU to WaPo. You're a good little robot.

By the way, Somalia is a failed state. It's what happens when government runs amok. You'll get to experience that soon enough right here in the US.

You may now return to fellating Uncle Sam.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 00:45 | 4804452 FreedomGuy
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Well, said. Would someone show me where the property rights, individual rights and documents or agreements are in Somalia? Somalia is actually a typical strong-man statist regime. The guy with the most guns and power is in charge. They steal stuff, like ships from others who produce. They produce nothing of their own and all are in poverty. Even the best among them live rather poorly. Very similar to the well organized police states of the Soviet Union and Maoist China. Was it not the venerbale Mao himself who said "All power comes out of the barrel of a gun."? Would that not be Somalia?


Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:47 | 4804337 Thorny Xi
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You're just a psyop trying to distract the ignorant masses.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 03:03 | 4804612 ebear
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"This is just an ongoing PSYOP targeting to distract the attention of the ignorant masses."

LOL....!!!   like the ignorant masses need distracting.

That's the funniest thing I've heard in weeks!

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 06:43 | 4804757 Al Gorerhythm
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Hmmmmm. I wasn't aware that the NSA was spying on me and the world at the time of his announcements and I thought I was reasonably paranoid. Were you aware of their activities and are you aware now?

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:21 | 4804813 mc225
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amazing that so many 'people' on zerohedge have been drinking the 'snowden is the real deal' kool-aid.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:31 | 4804838 SoilMyselfRotten
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Rather drink Snowdens' Koolaid than Uncle Sams piss

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:15 | 4805450 Citxmech
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More options than just the "real" or "psy-op plant" false dilemma.  Yes, Snowden could be the "real deal," and he also could be a plant - by why?  This has not been good PR for the surveillance apparatus - unless he was a CIA plant to discredit and reign-in the out-of-control NSA, which would be a completely different kind of play that might not be so bad for us.  Don't assume the upper-levels of power all work in lock-step.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:19 | 4804807 Magooo
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Or step in front of a bus

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:21 | 4804263 Four chan
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who do you trust more obama

or snowden

so the option the government is giving him is to turn himself over to the same out of control government he exposed? 

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:23 | 4804270 Four chan
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patriot whistleblower

lowlife traitor

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 05:58 | 4804711 Ignatius
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False choice.

Book and movie deals already signed.

Oligarch Omidyar buys Greenbucks and friends and creates The Intercept (how appropriate) to capture the phony left.

This is theatre.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 06:33 | 4804744 Squid-puppets a...
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if thats true i dont blame snowden at all. I hope he got a shitload of money for the deals. He'll need it to give himself any kind of quality of life for the rest of his hounded, haunted time on this planet

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:35 | 4804848 tarsubil
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Greenbucks does seem like a phony. Going on the Muck with its phony debates kinda did him in for me. But Snowden needed to use a journalist to break the story. So what can you do?

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 06:29 | 4804739 BorisTheBlade
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Subtleties are lost on Mr. Kerry as he confuses patrios with idiots.

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:23 | 4804271 DaveyJones
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yes, man up and bow down like your elected

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 00:20 | 4804398 Bananamerican
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Horseface has got a lot of nerve telling anybody to "man" up.

He sold his soul (I used to think he had one) and his country's future out for a chance to play "Jockey" for a day

This, despite having all his wife's money to play with....What a shithead

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 00:49 | 4804457 sodbuster
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John Kerry isn't good enough to carry Snowden's shit stained underwear.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 02:27 | 4804582 Confused
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Every word out of Kerrys mouth is directly (and carefully chosen) to appeal to the brain dead viewers in front of their TVs. He doesn't believe a single word he says. Its all theatre. 


Notice its all buzzwords. It is simply to influence people into thinking what Snowden did was actually wrong. 

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 06:37 | 4804749 Squid-puppets a...
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Kerry could never stand up for his convictions in the way snowden has. He'd have to get some convictions to start with

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 05:45 | 4804708 Frankie Carbone
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"Horseface"? RFOLMAO. With that mug in that pose, man... how apropo!



Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:35 | 4804309 jeff montanye
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not sure how much partying snowden is doing, some i hope.

kerry peaked when he threw somebody else's medals over the u.s. capitol fence.  he had a few decent prosecutions as a d.a. and helped unearth some dirt on ollie north, et. al. 

but it's been pretty much downhill since then, the last few years double black diamond.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 03:16 | 4804618 ebear
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"not sure how much partying snowden is doing, some i hope."

Dude are you kidding?  He's a handsome, notorious outlaw in a city full of hot Russian women!!!  

I'd say he landed on his feet.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 04:46 | 4804682 Yes We Can. But...
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Yeah, he just has to be careful to select the right kind of killer-babes.

And here is the one he left behind in the States:

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:19 | 4804805 Magooo
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Moscow is not such a bag place :)


Now that blows aways that skanky bitch he had in Hawaii...

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 23:00 | 4804192 DeadFred
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Well there you got it, staight from the horse's mouth.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 01:59 | 4804556 NidStyles
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Those horse jokes never get old for me. 

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 03:11 | 4804615 zhandax
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That Mr Ed routine is just his warm and fuzzy public persona.  I think you meant straight from the mouth of the horse's ass.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 03:31 | 4804629 Hobo Sapien
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Thougt Kerry was pretty convincing in RE-ANIMATOR, not so sure about his present gig....

NSFW; can't be unseen.

"No one will ever believe you, a talking head, why don't you get a job in a sideshow?"


EDIT: awshucks, it's not the uncut version.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 04:52 | 4804671 Anasteus
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But what seems to remain unnoticed is the fact that Snowden for the first time appeared live and uncensored on crony NBC tv. It's indeed remarkable how much room he was given to openly present his ideas and attitudes to the public. As for me, this is far more important than Kerry's 'compulsory skating'.

Which means, something is changing.

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