Is Edward Snowden, the 29 year-old intelligence contractor and NSA whistleblower a hero or a traitor? Let me ask you: do you feel better off knowing of NSA metadata transactional telephony data mining? If so, how do you expect to ever hear such news? How? The Government? Think again, sparky. That’ll never happen. The media? Hey, look at me. Woodward and Bernstein are over. Jack Anderson, Murrow. Dead.
So, let me tell you. If you find this information and revelations beneficial, the only way you’ll ever learn of it is through alternative and foreign press, the blogosphere and whistleblowers. And watch how the feds handle Snowden as opposed to that other major player, bradley manning, who’s small potatoes compared to ol’ Eddie Snowden.
Now, are you ready for a little twist to this story? Good. Many suspect in the case of Bradley manning and Julian Assange and wikileaks, that your government wanted that information released for a number of reasons in what’s called in the intel biz a limited hangout. What Snowden revealed as to prism and metadata mining doesn’t tell the world powers what we’ve got and how extensive it is. They pretty much knew. This tells you what they’ve got and what they can do. It’s called conditioning. Comment.