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Even Snowden’s Camp Now Acknowledges the Putin Puppet Show Was a Disaster

“Snowden’s camp wouldn’t get into the specifics of how his question made it onto Russian state television”
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Imagine my surprise to learn that Edward Snowden was played like a violin by Vladimir Putin.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden instantly regretted asking Russian President Vladimir Putin a softball question on live television about the Kremlin’s mass surveillance effort, two sources close to the leaker tell The Daily Beast.

“It certainly didn’t go as he would’ve hoped,” one of these sources said. “I don’t think there’s any shame in saying that he made an error in judgment.”

“He basically viewed the question as his first foray into criticizing Russia. He was genuinely surprised that in reasonable corridors it was seen as the opposite,” added Ben Wizner, the American Civil Liberties Union attorney who serves as one of Snowden’s closest advisers.

According to Wizner and others, Snowden hadn’t realized how much last week’s Q&A—with Putin blithely assuring Snowden that Moscow had no such eavesdropping programs—would appear to be a Kremlin propaganda victory to Western eyes. And so the leaker quickly decided to write an op-ed for the Guardian to explain his actions and to all but label Putin a liar for his televised response.

As I wrote two days ago: Snowden’s Op-Ed: Desperately Spinning to Repair the Damage.

UPDATE at 4/20/14 8:33:46 pm

Remember the days when Edward Snowden praised Russia for their courageous stance against human rights violations?

Snowden’s Op-Ed: Desperately Spinning to Repair the Damage

“Through the Freedom of the Press Foundation”
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Let’s face it — if Edward Snowden’s appearance at Vladimir Putin’s propaganda puppet show yesterday was supposed to improve his image in the US by showing him “questioning” Putin about mass surveillance, it was a miserable failure. Even many of Snowden’s stongest defenders were appalled at that display.

So it should come as no surprise that today, the axis of Snowden is spinning like crazy to try to undo some of that damage — and extend the propaganda opportunity by propping up Snowden as a false dissident. See: Vladimir Putin Must Be Called to Account on Surveillance Just Like Obama | Edward Snowden.

Yes, “just like Obama.” Snowden (or whoever actually wrote this — see below) apparently sees no difference between the two leaders at all.

Putin’s response was remarkably similar to Barack Obama’s initial, sweeping denials of the scope of the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs, before that position was later shown to be both untrue and indefensible.

Snowden’s point in this article is to boast about his bravery and the sacrifices he’s made, and call on Russian journalists to follow up on his ground-breaking work.

When this event comes around next year, I hope we’ll see more questions on surveillance programs and other controversial policies. But we don’t have to wait until then. For example, journalists might ask for clarification as to how millions of individuals’ communications are not being intercepted, analysed or stored, when, at least on a technical level, the systems that are in place must do precisely that in order to function. They might ask whether the social media companies reporting that they have received bulk collection requests from the Russian government are telling the truth.

Sure, Russian journalists might ask those questions. And they might also be murdered for asking those questions.

It should be pointed out, because Glenn Greenwald isn’t going to admit it, that there’s a disclaimer at the bottom of this piece revealing what’s really going on here:

Edward Snowden wrote for the Guardian through the Freedom of the Press Foundation

Who is the “Freedom of the Press Foundation?” Well, the Guardian doesn’t mention it for some reason, but it just happens to be a front group for, yes, you guessed it, the Mighty Glenn Greenwald. This is basically a press release, courtesy of Mother Russia, for the Snowden-Greenwald project.

And of course, today Greenwald praised the bravery and integrity of the piece he (at the very least) helped Snowden put together.

UPDATE at 4/18/14 12:55:34 pm

Greenwald associate Trevor Timm says the Snowden op-ed is “all his words.”

Also see:
The Lies Edward Snowden Tells

Putin Trots Out Edward Snowden for Pathetic Propaganda Op

A pitiful charade
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Meanwhile, today in Russia Vladimir Putin hauled Edward Snowden out of whatever dingy state apartment he’s been living in, for a high profile propaganda show that was utterly laughable.

Snowden, who has been given temporary asylum in Russia, connected via video link and asked Putin: “Does Russia intercept, store or analyze in any way the communications of millions of individuals?”

Putin began his response by telling Snowden that “you are a former agent, a spy. I used to work for an intelligence service [the KGB]. We are going to talk one professional language.”

Then the Russian president, who in recent weeks has claimed he did not send troops into Crimea only to now admit that he did and insists there are no Russian military personnel in eastern Ukraine even though reporters have heard at least one man there introduce himself as a Russian officer, made the case that:

“You have to get court permission to stalk a particular person. We don’t have a mass system of such interception, and according to our law it cannot exist.”

Also see:
SORM

Breaking: Australia Says Possible Objects From MH370 Sighted in Indian Ocean

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Australia Says Possible Objects in Ocean

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) — Authorities have spotted two objects in the Indian Ocean that are possibly related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday.

“New and credible information has come to light in relation to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean,” Abbott said in the the Australian House of Representatives in Canberra. “The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received information based on satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search.

“Following specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified,” he said. “I can inform the House that a Royal Australian Air Force Orion has been diverted to attempt to locate the objects.”

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