Edward Snowden Trashed In Absurd WSJ Op-Ed

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Submitted by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,

Edward Jay Epstein has an op-ed in the Wall Street journal promoting his new book “How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft”.

Epstein discusses the Fable of Edward Snowden

At the forefront of Epstein’s claims is the fact that Snowden lied. “As he seeks a pardon, the NSA thief has told multiple lies about what he stole and his dealings with Russian intelligence,” says Epstein.


Of all the lies that Edward Snowden has told since his massive theft of secrets from the National Security Agency and his journey to Russia via Hong Kong in 2013, none is more provocative than the claim that he never intended to engage in espionage, and was only a “whistleblower” seeking to expose the overreach of NSA’s information gathering. With the clock ticking on Mr. Snowden’s chance of a pardon, now is a good time to review what we have learned about his real mission.


Mr. Snowden’s theft of America’s most closely guarded communication secrets occurred in May 2013, according to the criminal complaint filed against him by federal prosecutors the following month. At the time Mr. Snowden was a 29-year-old technologist working as an analyst-in-training for the consulting firm of Booz Allen Hamilton at the regional base of the National Security Agency (NSA) in Oahu, Hawaii. On May 20, only some six weeks after his job there began, he failed to show up for work, emailing his supervisor that he was at the hospital being tested for epilepsy.


This excuse was untrue. Mr. Snowden was not even in Hawaii. He was in Hong Kong. He had flown there with a cache of secret data that he had stolen from the NSA.

Well la-de-friggin da. The idiocy of those opening paragraphs is obvious to the world.

What was Snowden supposed to say? “Hey guys I am not coming into work because I stole documents and I am meeting up with Greenwald?”

So of course Snowden lied... he had to lie.

It was not the quantity of Mr. Snowden’s theft but the quality that was most telling. Mr. Snowden’s theft put documents at risk that could reveal the NSA’s Level 3 tool kit—a reference to documents containing the NSA’s most-important sources and methods. Since the agency was created in 1952, Russia and other adversary nations had been trying to penetrate its Level-3 secrets without great success.


Yet it was precisely these secrets that Mr. Snowden changed jobs to steal. In an interview in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post on June 15, 2013, he said he sought to work on a Booz Allen contract at the CIA, even at a cut in pay, because it gave him access to secret lists of computers that the NSA was tapping into around the world.

Snowden figured out the NSA was involved in illegal activity and he wanted to investigate the depth of it. He succeeded. Congratulations to Snowden for a job well done.

In October 2014, he told the editor of the Nation, “I’m in exile. My government revoked my passport intentionally to leave me exiled” and “chose to keep me in Russia.” According to Mr. Snowden, the U.S. government accomplished this entrapment by suspending his passport while he was in midair after he departed Hong Kong on June 23, thus forcing him into the hands of President Vladimir Putin’s regime.


None of this is true. The State Department invalidated Mr. Snowden’s passport while he was still in Hong Kong, not after he left for Moscow on June 23. The “Consul General-Hong Kong confirmed that Hong Kong authorities were notified that Mr. Snowden’s passport was revoked June 22,” according to the State Department’s senior watch officer, as reported by ABC news on June 23, 2013.

Mercy! His passport was invalidated on June 22, not June 23. Call out the national guard. It’s treason I say.

To provide a smokescreen for Mr. Snowden’s escape from Hong Kong, WikiLeaks (an organization that the Obama administration asserted to be a tool of Russian intelligence after the hacking of Democratic Party leaders’ email in 2016) booked a dozen or more diversionary flight reservations to other destinations for Mr. Snowden.

Oh yes, let’s drag Obama’s stupidity into the discussion. The only thing Epstein failed to deliver was nonsense from the Washington Post. Perhaps it’s in the book.

Nowhere did Epstein make the case Snowden was anything more than a whistle-blower.

His op-ed is so ridiculous, one can dismiss the book as the work of a misguided fool who fails to understand what the US constitution is all about.

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Lorca's Novena's picture

I lterally LOL'd.... been a while!! 

Perimetr's picture

Correct (real) title:

How the Neolibcon Fascists Lost Their Secrets:

Edward Snowden, The MAN

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

an Epstein, eh? any relation to Bill Clinton's Pedo mate?


jeff montanye's picture

well, perhaps twenty generations back.  

the thing about the wall street journal is that the editorial page is almost entirely zionist, crony capitalist, self-serving horseshit.

but in contrast to, say, the new york times or the washington post, the news articles are relatively accurate.

beemasters's picture

There are few people that still possess and prioritize the thing called "Conscience" over anything else in life. Epstein clearly isn't one of them. He wouldn't understand.

navy62802's picture

Goebbels had nothing on modern American media.

Nexus789's picture

Goebbels was smart.  These turkeys not so much.  

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I would not call them (((American))) Media.

Whatever they are, (((American))) they're not.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) navy62802 Jan 2, 2017 10:39 PM

Goebbels and Hitler(as outlined in Mein Kempf) learned their propaganda techniques from the Jew media. Yes, Hitler and the Germans did have a legitimate beef with Jewish "elite", mostly the media, bankers, and bolshevik agitators in Germany.

The same fucks that are responsible for America's decline.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

The national cancer known as the Frankfurt School, fled Germany and set up shop at Columbia U. Who were they and what were their goals?

jamesmmu's picture

A Crime Cannot Be Proven With "High Confidence". A Crime Must Be Proven With "Evidence." - FBI Has EVIDENCE From GUCCIFER! Plus, Fake News Attempt By CNN!


WillyGroper's picture

couldn't be why drumheller is dead, could it?

come on wikileaks 650K!

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) jamesmmu Jan 2, 2017 10:38 PM

"High confidence" does not even meet a civil suit standard. It is not even admissible in criminal court.

LetThemEatRand's picture

"one can dismiss the book as the work of a misguided fool who fails to understand what the US constitution is all about."

The MSM are the traitors, not Snowden.

nmewn's picture

AHEM!!!...while we're on the subject of "lying" Mr.Epstein, I do look Forward! to your next book...James Clapper: Perjury and the sequel after that...Obama: Why I Told The Big Metadata Lie.

With warmest personal regards,

nmewn ;-)


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

For most of them, I would not even call them Traitors.

DC Fifth Column or Foreign Agents is more like it.

TheReplacement's picture

No.  Traitors to the human race.  This country had a lot to offer the world besides fake money, taxing the unborn, and death and destruction delivered in 30 minutes or it's free.

jeff montanye's picture

yes, but also traitors to the u.s. 

even with two passports (traditionally israeli and u.s. like these guys http://american3rdposition.com/?p=12767) the u.s. one can still bite you if you wait too long to get out of dodge.

now for crimes done by foreign nationals, like say 9-11 and those dancing mossad guys filming the wtc from new jersey or judge alvin k hellerstein's israeli son working for the law firm that was defending the israeli airport security firm being sued by 9-11 families whose suits old alvin dismissed (no recusal, we are the masters of the universe), those guys are traitors to the human race, not the u.s.  some would say also traitors to the humanitarian traditions of the jewish people and the jewish religion, but i'm guessing not an enormous number of visitors to this site (just a guess).

Bendromeda Strain's picture

alvin k hellerstein's israeli son working for the law firm that was defending the israeli airport security firm being sued by 9-11 families whose suits old alvin dismissed (no recusal, we are the masters of the universe

Looks like google-fu required. Is there a site that you recommend for more info on this?

MsCreant's picture

The logic of his Op-ed, if I trust Mish, sounds about as air tight as Obama's "proof" that the Russsians hacked the DNC and influenced the elections.

Also very similar to the idea of "lets get pissed about the leak, not the content of the leaks." 

They really think we are stupid. 

toady's picture

That's what I keep saying... I don't care if Putin himself broke out the laptop and hacked Clinton and Podesta and the DNC... the "who hacked" is not the question,  the "why is nobody being prosecuted for the content" is!

knukles's picture

Look!  A squirrel!

Blanco Diablo's picture

That is Rocky and Bullwinkle and they work for the DNC and Podesta.

847328_3527's picture

"All the Fraud that's Fit to Print."

~ NY Slime

Bendromeda Strain's picture

"Moose and squirrel only entertain children, not like disgusting ape" - Natasha

RiverRoad's picture

If someone "leaked" the location of the Lindberg baby would they prosecute the leaker?

Taint Boil's picture

Good one Mish - too funny

mvsjcl's picture

I may not always agree with Mish, but he's spot on in this case.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Every man, woman, and child on earth owes Edward Snowden a debt of gratitude whether they know it or not.

The Wizard's picture

What Snowden did was sacrifice his liberty (what is left of it) to expose crimes. Haven't people heard of a Misprison of Felony. If he was aware of the crime and did not expose it he would be commiting a crime.

I believe the Snowden event involved many more from the intelligence community than Snowden. Epstein is probably more pissed at Greenwald than Snowden because he one upped him making the lamestream media look uncaring for people's liberty.

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing: Edmund Burke

Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.  Benjamin Franklin

blindman's picture

Jeffrey Epstein
Jeffrey Edward Epstein (born January 20, 1953) is an American financier and sex offender.[1] He worked at Bear Stearns early in his career and then formed his own firm, J. Epstein & Co. In 2008, Epstein was convicted of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution, for which he served 13 months in prison.[2]
Epstein taught calculus and physics at the Dalton School in Manhattan from 1973 to 1975.[4] One of his pupils was the son of Bear Stearns chairman Alan C. Greenberg.[3]
In 1976, Epstein began his financial career as an options trader at Bear Stearns,[4] where he worked in the special products division, advising high-net-worth clients on tax strategies.[4] In 1980, Epstein became a partner at Bear Stearns.[4] In 1982, Epstein founded his own financial management firm, J. Epstein & Co., managing the assets of clients with more than $1 billion in net worth. In 1987, Leslie Wexner, founder and chairman of Ohio-based The Limited chain of women's clothing stores became a well-known client.[4] Wexner acquired Abercrombie & Fitch the following year, and in 1992 converted a private school into an enormous residence that later became Epstein's in the wealthiest part of Manhattan, the Upper East Side. In 1996, Epstein changed the name of his firm to the Financial Trust Company and based it on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.[4]
In 2003, Epstein bid for New York magazine. Other bidders were advertising executive Donny Deutsch, investor Nelson Peltz, media mogul and New York Daily News publisher Mortimer Zuckerman, and film producer Harvey Weinstein. They were ultimately outbid by longtime Wall Street investor Bruce Wasserstein, who paid $55 million.[5] In 2004, Epstein and Zuckerman committed up to $25 million to finance Radar, a celebrity and pop culture magazine founded by Maer Roshan. Epstein and Zuckerman were equal partners in the venture, and Roshan, as its editor-in-chief, retained a small ownership stake.[6]
In September 2002, Epstein flew Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker to Africa in his private Boeing 727.[4][7]
Epstein is also a longtime friend of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and has partied with celebrities such as Katie Couric, George Stephanopoulos, Charlie Rose, and Woody Allen.[8]" .....
pardon, wrong epstein ....

Topnife's picture

It may surprise you, but there is more than one person in the world with the last name "Epstein". 

blindman's picture

you make a good point that does not surprise me.
the discussion was about leverage and political influence,
blackmail. did you get that?

nmewn's picture

It should be pointed out that though it was the wrong Epstein, the correct Epstein was mentored by what can only be called a monarchist, one Vladimir Nabokov.

Make of that what you will regarding Epsteins affinity to the current Deep State ;-)

847328_3527's picture

Doesn't matter if he's the "right" Epstein. Hang him and then we can give him a fair trial afterwards. It's what the DNC would do.

We Are The Priests's picture

Everyone who calls in sick from work under false pretenses is a Russian spy, a traitor, and should be executed.

diveshopingoa's picture

No keep them alive and sentence them to their work station until they understand their worth.

shimmy's picture

I see that Epstein guy is 81 years old. I expect stupid shit from people that old and I also expect them to defend illegal government spying because they have long been brainwashed into thinking that higher ups in that banana republic are the good guys. I am sure this guy is all behind the "blame Russia" idiocy going on now. 

In general, you can basically discount the opinions of those under 30 and those over 60. The percentage of those with a clue in either age group is quite small.