The Smearing of Ed Snowden

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You don’t have to have done anything wrong, you simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call. And then they can use the system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with, and attack you on that basis to sort of derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer. — Edward Snowden

The UK Daily Mail posted an article on the morning of Thursday, June 13th, penned by the anonymous “Daily Mail Reporter” and titled:

‘That’s what being an American is all about’: Edward Snowden’s online past reveals his love of sex marathons followed by a Krispy Kreme donut and his warnings about the NSA snooping as far back as 2006.

For someone wanting to discredit the whistleblower who revealed the NSA’s surveillance program PRISM, it’s a brilliant tactic. Instead of attempting to vilify Snowden with claims of him being a traitor or any such thing, “Daily Mail Reporter” uses the classic, tried-and-true tactic of ridicule.

Edward Snowden, by recent evidence, seems like a lot of people I went to college with. He’s a big fan of anime, he’s got an odd, somewhat raunchy sense of humor, he enjoys jokes that are so bad that they’re funny, and he’s a gamer with a love for RPGs and old-school fighting games. He reminds me of the type of person that I had a lot of fun hanging out with.

It’s plain to see that he’s going to become the butt of a thousand jokes, because the media thinks people like that are losers.

But the reality is in the recent video of Snowden in Hong Kong. Sure, they can show all the pictures of Snowden goofing off on the internet, but when you watch the video of a whistleblower who is completely aware that his life is over, it’s more than a little bit heartbreaking.

If this smear campaign was seen in context, it would paint a full picture of the “geek” that bravely did the right thing, but it may be the jokey “CD advertisements” he made 11 years ago that allow the American media to justify a drone-fired missile through his hotel room window.

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PS: Dear Daily Mail Reporter – Edward Snowden publicly revealed his identity. You’re a coward for hiding yours.

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