Snowden Denies Spying for "Aliens" (and Russians)

Putin as Space Alien LaRussophobeOver the weekend, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the Intelligence Committee chairs for the Senate and House respectively, speculated on TV talk shows that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was working as a Russian spy. Evidence? None whatsover.

Instead the Senator and the Congressman are clearly engaged in a disinformation campaign aimed at confusing Americans as part of their efforts to maintain domestic surveillance powers.

In an online interview with Jane Mayer at The New Yorker, Snowden denies the accusations and criticizes the news media for giving an uncontested platform to NSA enablers. From The New Yorker:

“It’s not the smears that mystify me,” Snowden told me. “It’s that outlets report statements that the speakers themselves admit are sheer speculation.” Snowden went on to poke fun at the range of allegations that have been made against him in the media without intelligence officials providing some kind of factual basis: “ ‘We don’t know if he had help from aliens.’ ‘You know, I have serious questions about whether he really exists.’ ”

Snowden went on, “It’s just amazing that these massive media institutions don’t have any sort of editorial position on this. I mean these are pretty serious allegations, you know?” He continued, “The media has a major role to play in American society, and they’re really abdicating their responsibility to hold power to account.”

Snowden further challenges his accusers to show evidence that his revelations of just how comprehensively the NSA had violated the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure have caused harm to national security. The New Yorker interview concludes:

Snowden said that he “knew what he was getting into” when he became a whistleblower. “At least the American public has a seat at the table now,” he said. “It may sound trite,” but if “I end up disgraced in a ditch somewhere, but it helps the country, it will still be worth it.”

Rogers and Feinstein clearly know that they are peddling what amounts to lies. As Techdirt reports:

Meanwhile, both the NSA's guy in charge of reviewing the Snowden situation, Rick Ledgett, as well as the FBI team investigating Snowden have both said that there is absolutely no indication that Snowden was working with anyone else. The NSA specifically has said:

The NSA's internal review has determined about 98 percent of the scope of the material that Snowden had accessed, and officials have found no evidence that he had help either within the NSA or from adversary spy agencies.(added emphasis)
As for the FBI:
According to senior government officials, F.B.I. agents from the bureau’s Washington field office, who are leading the investigation, believe that Mr. Snowden methodically downloaded the files over several months while working as a government contractor at the Hawaii facility. They also believe that he worked alone, the officials said.(added emphasis)

The articles in both The New Yorker and Techdirt are well worth your attention.

For more background on the ungrounded speculations by NSA stooge Rogers, see my blogpost, "Joe McCarthy Would Be Proud: Surveillance State Functionary Rep. Mike Rogers Implies Snowden is a Russian Spy."

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  • John Galt||

    At this point it would be wonderful if Feinstein would just go back to it's home planet, where ever that may be.

  • Maxwell's Hummer||

    “If I end up disgraced in a ditch somewhere,
    but it helps the country, it will still be worth it.”

    Still awaiting the first black velvet paintings of Snowden on a cross.

  • Fluffy||

    Hero worship of people who haven't done anything is shameful and should be mocked. So black velvet paintings of Obama in 2008, or Nobel Peace Prizes awarded on spec, bring discredit on the celebrator(s).

    But when you actually run significant risks, and when you make actual enemies of people who order the murder of their enemies, you're entitled to make reference to it. Any social more that says otherwise is pathetic and contemptible Last Men hand-wringing and ankle-biting.

  • Maxwell's Hummer||

    I'm still gonna buy one. If the kitsch is good enough for Elvis, it's good enough for Snowden.

  • Maxwell's Hummer||

    This is the closest thing I can find.
    Some call him a national hero; others, a tragic clown.

  • Fluffy||

    The first set of people are right; the second set of people are despicable cunts.

  • Maxwell's Hummer||

    Are we still talking about Pee-Wee?

  • wareagle||

    the media, by and large, has no interest in the underlying story, only in the back-and-forth, who wins/loses political aspect. This is the same media that heard Obama lie repeatedly, saw Clapper do it to Wyden's face, was at the presser last Friday, yet continues to stay mired in whether Snowden is a traitor or angel.

    It's not even missing the point. More like the relentless pursuit of an agenda. But if a Repub wins the White House next time, the NSA will rival Bridge-ghazi as a story.

  • John Galt||

    Too bad Snowden didn't blow the whistle while Bush was president, the media would have painted him as the greatest hero of all time, the story would have been non-stop front page and we would've seen real change to the mass surveillance state.

  • Lyle||

    The New York Times is defending Snowden. That's how degenerate the hero worshipping of Snowden is getting.

    He's a fool living in Russia as the guest of the dictator Putin.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Rogers and Feinstein clearly know that they are peddling what amounts to lies.


    Bailey, we live in the empire of lies. And in the empire of lies, uttering the truth is an act of treason, as has been put on clear display by the Washington mandarins' treatment of Edward Snowden.

    Besides, there's no longer any repercussions for politicians lying, especially if they are Democrats.

  • John Galt||

    Once again, too bad Snowden didn't blow the whistle while Bush, or any Republican for that matter, was president.

  • Ron Bailey||

    JG: Snowden, like some of us (and I'm looking at me), hoped that Obama would keep his civil libertarian promises. Fool me once....

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Bailey, you SugarFree'd the links in your own admission that Obama fooled you.

  • Lyle||

    What civil libertarian promises has Putin made to Snowden you think?

    Fuck Snowden is an imbecile.

  • CatoTheElder||

    Feinstein, King, Graham, and their ilk believe that the American public is dimwitted and ill-educated on average, pays scant attention to facts, and has a short attention span. Most important, they understand that the American public wants to believe that the government is benign, and looking out for their interests. The MSM understands that its role is to construct narratives that interpret the facts consistent with what the ruling elite want the American public to believe, and what the American public wants to believe.

    Is it really this bad? Do the ruling elite and their media sycophants really think that the American public is that stupid? Well, consider the cover story that they used for the Benghazi debacle. The inflammatory anti-Mohammadan movie trailer. Yes, they certainly believe the American public is stupid and incredibly gullible. The sad conclusion is that they probably correct: after all, they have successfully used their model to rise to positions of great political power, while libertarians lose every time.

  • John Galt||

    Libertarians are the ones who all other groups agree are the common enemy to be excluded from all reindeer games.

  • Mainer2||

    ... the American public is dimwitted and ill-educated... pays scant attention to facts....has a short attention span.... wants to believe that the government is benign, and looking out for their interests.

    Yes...you nailed it.

  • Bostonian_in_Gotham||

    I still understand what Feinstein & Graham are trying to accomplish. If Snowden acted alone, then it is a failure of internal controls. If Snowden was acting on the behest of a foreign power, than that represents the single greatest intelligence failure in the United States and is on par with England's Cambridge 5. And yet, somehow, Feinstein, et. al. seem to think this is better?

  • Fluffy||

    That's right.

    If he acted alone, then he was one guy no one had any reason to suspect.

    If he had foreign handlers - well, we have people we pay to WATCH the foreign handlers, and all of them are then exposed as total failures.

  • Ryan60657||

    David Gregory and his MTP colleagues are agents of the surveillance-industrial complex.

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