Former CIA analyst, whistle-blower, spy, hero, traitor, young man, devil incarnate, or however you choose to view him, Edward Snowden is making fewer headlines in the mainstream media but remains in the thoughts of many.
The latest news is that he has accepted an offer of asylum in Venezuela.
No matter what you may personally believe about the information leaks courtesy of Snowden, he highlighted a little of what is wrong with western politics and our so-called democracy. Now don't get this writer wrong. Our current western democracy is still a much better option than the rag taggle leadership some countries endure. Of course some of those countries are only down on their luck due to western manipulation and interference.
Still the west has a lot to offer but if people want to keep what freedoms they have left they need to remember Edward Snowden and, as Julian Assange said weeks ago, stand with him not against him.
Remember the old divide and conquer used to every advantage by employers in Union run strikes? Remember the together we stand divided we fall? There are so many suitable adages to suit this situation.
Snowden now has few options, is a young man out on a limb and it looks like Venezuela could be his last real chance of asylum.
As western nations all buddy up to make sure that Snowden is left out in the cold you just know it is partly because they are all , in it together, right up to their grubby little necks. Then there are the trade deals with the USA, which Europe are banking on to avert another economic crisis. We are all linked and sadly this means that no western country will feel able to show any balls.
South American countries are still rattled following the abuse of Bolivian President Evo Morales, whose flight from Russia back home was refused air space by various EU countries. It took just a hint that Edward Snowden was on board to create a diplomatic incident. As it involved a South American leader the West has hastily buried the story and said little, but as we have already said, imagine if it was Obama on a Presidential flight? The US outcry would be making headlines weeks after the incident and it would be enough to start world war three.
The attitude to certain world leaders is despicable and shows a great deal of ignorance. Remember at work you are often told be careful who you offend on your way to the top as you may need them when you fall from grace, or something like that. South America could easily be the next big super-power continent, as every dog has its day. That is, it could be if the USA and its CIA operatives keep their meddling hands at bay.
News that Edward Snowden's information leaks have damaged US relations with many countries, leaves me saying and so? The part of the media that is greatly tied to western governments may want us all too hate Snowden and what he has done but surely we should save our anger for wetern governments and their spy services which have broken all the rules? All Snowden has done is opened our eyes to the depth of abuse and deceit by some world leaders, especially Obama and the USA?
Would it have been better if there were no revelations? How do you think that would have panned out in say one, two or five years time? Would we have limited freedom, live in totalitarian states and be controlled on a daily basis? It may sound like science fiction but it could easily become science fact.
Currently even the Russian government is running scared of Snowden and his leaks. They may feel pushed to extradite him to the USA unless he is shipped off to Caracas, Venezuela, and soon. Behind the scenes there will be a great deal of bartering and diplomacy underway.
Blackmail in all but name, is the name of the game, along with heavy handed bullying. The latest update from the Guaridan states:
The US highest ranking military official acknowledged Sunday that Snowden's disclosures had already damaged US relations with some allies and affected "the importance of trust".
Of course if you are in the US military in the States you may not be able to read the Guardian report as it is now censored for some Americans by the Obama administration.
Read the above Guardian quote though and what conclusions do you draw? Here are ours and our questions:
There are many more questions but that is enough to consider for now. As Edward Snowden remains America's most wanted fugitive we have to ask again WHY?
Related reading at TEK:
American military restrict access to Guardian website
Edward Snowden South American asylum offers but can he get there?
At Russia Today:
Venezuela confirms receipt of Snowden asylum request