Edward Snowden- Malice Aforethought
Leave it to the Wall Street Journal to sum up in three concise paragraphs why intelligent folks are not applauding Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks. The few facts known thus far about Snowden show a predetermination to violate the confidentiality of his NSA employment without legal justification. Foolish libertarians (an oxymoron?) proclaim that he has done United States citizens a service by exposing NSA secrets that violate our constitutional rights. One supposes even libertarians with the slightest intellect might find the following enlightening.
There’s also much we still don’t know about Mr. Snowden’s motivations, specific actions and outside assistance. His supporters portray him as a patriot who was shocked by what he found in government. Yet he seems to have taken his contracting job at Booz Allen with the express intention of stealing secrets.
Upon arriving in Hong Kong in June, he told the South China Morning Post that his Booz Allen job “granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked. That is why I accepted that position about three months ago.” Reuters reported in November that Mr. Snowden lied to at least 20 colleagues to obtain passwords to steal more secrets. A friendly New York Times magazine piece in August said Mr. Snowden first contacted former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald in December 2012, four months prior to joining Booz Allen, and the two men used encryption to hide secrets they later released.
Mr. Snowden also contacted documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras months before joining Booz Allen. Mr. Greenwald and Ms. Poitras are on the board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation that funds WikiLeaks. Fellow fugitive and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has confirmed that his organization paid for Mr. Snowden’s legal counsel and travel out of Hong Kong. Who else was in on what might have been an organized heist? Review & Outlook “Rand Paul’s Snowden Apologia” Wall Street Journal 1/8/14