Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden Joins Board of Free Press Organization


You can keep your "proper channels," thanks.

Today, as a Senate panel debates National Security Administration metadata bulk collection reforms – a public debate that would never have happened without Edward Snowden leaking valuable information to the media and ultimately the public – The Freedom of the Press Association announced the whistleblower at the center of the controversy has joined their board of directors.

From the New York Times:

Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor whose leaks of secret documents set off a national and global debate about government spying, is joining the board of a nonprofit organization co-founded by Daniel Ellsberg, the well-known leaker of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War.

The announcement by the group, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, is the latest contribution to a public relations tug of war between Mr. Snowden's critics, who portray him as a criminal and a traitor, and his supporters, who say he is a whistle-blower and source for the news media in the tradition of Mr. Ellsberg.

The foundation's board already includes two of the journalists Mr. Snowden gave N.S.A. documents to, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. But the organization — which consulted with lawyers about whether adding Mr. Snowden to its board could jeopardize its nonprofit tax status — is trying to emphasize parallels between Mr. Snowden and Mr. Ellsberg.

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  1. I eagerly anticipate learning of the ways the US government and the Obama administration attempt to fuck this organization.

    1. I think somebody already said it in the PM links:
      “It’s wire tappin’ time!”

      1. Actually, soon to be renamed The Free Press Board United Against Droning the Free Press Board.

  2. If you thought the Tea Party groups received undue scrutiny, wait until the IRS gets through with these guys.

    1. But the good news is that a judge has just ruled against the administration’s use of John Doe subpoenas with gag orders – a small gain for freedom. see:

      https:// plus.google.com/u/0/+CrisBaker/posts/So387fXDwaC

  3. Sounds like a pretty solid plan to me dude.


  4. I love the way that the group that created the problem is always the group charged with “reform” of the issue.

  5. Careful donating to that org. It might not be long before it gets classified as terrorist.

  6. Warning: what follows may cause uncontrollable rage

    Exonerated of murdering Kelly Thomas, former Fullerton PD officer wants his job back

    City officials have said confidentiality laws forbid them from discussing details of Cicinelli’s employment or whether he left the department because he was fired.

    “I was wrongfully terminated. How do you argue with a jury of 12 who all agree on the same thing?” he said. “They sat through the whole trial and heard all the facts.”

    He also cited the trial testimony of Fullerton Cpl. Stephen Rubio, his training officer, who testified that Cicinelli’s actions during the struggle with Thomas were within department policy.
    If legal channels to get his job back are unsuccessful, Cicinelli is unclear on other options.

    “I just have to see where this takes me,” he said. “It’s like starting over. ? My whole life has been stopped.”

    The husband and father of three also said he understands some of the anger and protesting that have erupted after the verdict.
    He also understands the anger expressed by Ron Thomas, Kelly Thomas’ father.

    “I understand where he is coming from,” Cicinelli said. “I’m a father.”
    Cicinelli said he has also received dozens of texts from supporters, including many Fullerton police officers.

    1. The depraved have boundless arrogance.

    2. “It’s like starting over. ? My whole life has been stopped.”

      No. Your whole life is stopped when you’re dead. Like, say, when some thug with the protection of the state beats you to death. Fuck you, cunt sack.

    3. Let me be the first to suggest to Cicinelli that hara-kiri is a perfectly appropriate measure in his situation.


  7. Let’s do an exchange – Russia sends us Snowden, and we send them Clapper.

    It’s not as if Clapper will reveal any secrets to the Russians – he didn’t even reveal them to his own country’s Congress!

    The question is whether the Russians will be dumb enough to take the deal.

    1. Is Clapper a homo? Because the rooskies will ask.

      1. I haven’t seen him at the meetings, but he might belong to a different chapter.

      2. Actually, I think he’s Neanderthal

        1. Homo neanderthalis. We’re all homos.

          Which only provides more competition in the genetic homo marketplace.

  8. Jesus Christ, enough with the fucking updates on every little thing that Edward Snowden does.

    1. The board thing is kind of significant.

  9. Edward Snowden just farted. More at 9 p.m.

    1. Awwww, look, the sockpuppets has a sad.

      1. What, you don’t sense Snowden’s seething sociopathic rage in every one of his videos? What a horrible human being he must be to expose the NSA’s surveillance of the same citizens who pay its bills sans consent…

        1. It was meant to be a joke. Guess it wasn’t received well

  10. Sometimes man, you jsut have to roll with the piunches.


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