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An admirable whistleblower

The revelation of the USA having engaged in widespread snooping on its citizens is quite astounding.      The notion put forward by Obama - as also, yesterday, by Britain's Foreign Secretary - that people acting lawfully have nothing to fear, is patently absurd, not credible nor capable of passing for a valid response to illegal behaviour in a democracy.   Just read what the whistleblower has said (see below) on the extent to which he could wiretap - and then be concerned.... very concerned!

And what of the man who has "spilled the beans"?       The Guardian provides the background, here.......

"Snowden will go down in history as one of America's most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. He is responsible for handing over material from one of the world's most secretive organisations – the NSA."

From The Guardian's editorial:

"Edward Snowden is a very modern spy – neither gun-blazingly dashing nor cat-strokingly sinister. He is young, tech-savvy, quietly articulate and intensely interested in human rights. His work did not involve high-speed car chases or elaborate gadgets – just a desk and a computer. Using these simple tools he could spy on anyone, anywhere.

There are many people like him, and they are, on his account, potentially frightening figures. "We hack everyone everywhere," he told the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald in the foreign hotel where he has taken refuge. "I had the authorities to wiretap anyone – you, a federal judge, to even the president if I had a personal email." He describes a "horrifying" infrastructure where he and other analysts could intercept the vast majority of human communications around the world."

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