WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Deja vu: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden = Daniel Ellsberg

For those of us above a certain age, the fury over the leaking of the NSA surveillance story parallels Daniel Ellsberg's role in the release of the Pentagon Papers.

And the pushback is familiar too. Then, and now, it's about national security.

For his cause, whistleblower Edward Snowden has given up a comfortable life in Hawaii, turning up in Hong Kong... theoretically beyond the reach of the United States (except for an extradition treaty with a number of caveats). I would be shocked if the Chinese authorities don't now have him under surveillance, even though the former British crown colony is ostensibly autonomous. Intrigue and danger abounds. For example, the Chinese might seize him for their own debrief. It's also possible this young man becomes a high-stakes pawn between Washington and Beijing.

The British newspaper - GUARDIAN - reports on the identity of the NSA whistleblower, with his consent...


While the Snowden matter has been referred to the U.S. Justice Department, some U.S. politicians - beginning with Long Island Republican Peter King - demand extradition...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/10/the-nsa-files-edward-snowden?guni=Network front:network-front full-width-1 bento-box:Bento box:Position1:sublinks

You can hear my interviews with CBS News Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett and Politico's Phil Ewing...

Audio Here

Posted at 7:11am on June 10, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Jun 10, 2013 8:19am
Curious you've forgotten about Bradley Manning already. His was the greater risk. He didn't come out of the closet after going to Hong Kong. He can't get an open trial before a jury of his peers but has to face the military (in)justice system - remember military justice is to justice as military music is to music.

Mon, Jun 10, 2013 7:13pm
Let's not forget that Obama campaigned on promises of an open administration and has been even more secretive than Dubya.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and US authorities threaten to prosecute him, too (up to and including the death penalty).

Mon, Jun 10, 2013 7:29pm
Ed Snowden may have just saved the country from the Orwellian dictatorship AKA Obama administration.

Mon, Jun 10, 2013 10:01pm
Daniel Ellsberg calls Snowden a hero...

Wed, Jun 12, 2013 8:19pm
Ed Snowden: TRAITOR!

Thu, Jun 13, 2013 11:33pm
Mr. Pizza, Not sure what you meant. You praised Snowden for cracking the Orwellian code of the Obama administration, then you label Snowden a traitor in capital letters... Is that your personification of him, or were you speaking from the official Obama administrative point-of-view, which normally doesn't agree with yours; in fact they are completely opposite...

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