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2013/07/01 by seanmiller12

Several EU countries demand a response from Washington, about Edward Snowden’s PRISM allegations. German Chancellor Angela Merkel confronted Barack Obama, during his visit to Berlin.  The German interior ministry officially contacted the US government, after learning that Germans were the most spied on European citizens in the PRISM program. As if memories of the Gestapo and STASI weren’t enough, the US had to give the people of Germany PRISM! French President Francois Hollande warned that negotiations involving a major EU-US trade deal will be threatened, unless Washington can guarantee the spying stops immediately. In short, the US government must come clean and stop its provocative actions, or pay the consequences. The US can no longer act with impunity. The bully on the block has had his comeuppance. So much for Bush’s ‘Coalition of the Willing’. Merkel’s office said it best, “If it is confirmed that diplomatic representations of the European Union and individual European countries have been spied upon, we will clearly say that bugging friends is unacceptable. We are no longer in the Cold War.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Snowden was welcome to remain in Russia, provided he stopped “inflicting damage on our American partners”. Indeed, Snowden should stop inflicting damage on the NSA and its reputation. Let the FSB do it. They’re better at it, and are better insulated against blowback. Russia’s Interfax news agency reported Edward Snowden’s application for asylum was delivered to a consular official at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport late on Sunday evening. If Putin is to be trusted, considering how far Ecuador is, and the inherent risks in getting there, Snowden could be well advised to just stay in Russia. It is doubtful, very doubtful, that Edward Snowden was working for either the Chinese or the Russians. Like other whistleblowers, he was only horrified at what had happened to his country. His former employer just pushed Snowden into the arms of its perceived adversaries. If the People of the United States thought Gary Powers and the U-2 incident were big, just wait.

Here is a pretty picture. If the Nobel Committee can award a US politician a Peace Prize, for not being George W. Bush, then, perhaps they might consider awarding their Peace Prize to two men, who actually deserve it; two men who risked everything, including their lives, to confront evil and totalitarianism: Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning. I’m sure they could put the money to good use. While they’re at it, they ought to consider Julian Assange, as well. Who cares about a three way split? The recognition would be enough.

Slainte!

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