Lindsey Graham wants him “follow[ed] to the ends of the earth”; Ron Paul worries that he might be targeted for an Obama drone strike; and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) called him “a traitor.”
With this kind of reception, it’s little wonder that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden remains safely (for now) ensconced in his Hong Kong hideaway, waiting for asylum or for the climate to improve at home.
In Snowden’s case, however, absence is not making the hearts of some grow fonder.
On top of the threats and calumny coming from those who should be defending the rights guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment rather than persecuting someone who exposes their violation, Fox News now takes a sideways shot at Snowden, suggesting he might be a Chinese double agent. A Fox News story reports:
Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” thinks there’s a strong possibility Snowden could be playing for both sides.
“The first clue is that he goes to Hong Kong and they have an extradition agreement with the U.S. and a tradition of close cooperation of law enforcement,” Chang told Fox. “That means, the only thing that stands between him and a lifetime in a super-max prison is Beijing.”
Going further in their Establishment-shilling effort to make Snowden the story rather than the revelation of the government’s brazen disregard for the Constitution and the participation of some of the country’s largest corporations in the construction of the surveillance state, Fox continues the tale:
Chang also says the timing of Snowden’s disclosures are [sic] suspect.
“He changed the global narrative of China hacking into the U.S. to the American government going after one of its own,” Chang said.
The first of Snowden’s disclosures came right before President Obama met with new Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“That really derailed Obama’s whole talk about cyber security,” he said, adding, “the most recent revelations have been about operational details of the NSA spying on Hong Kong and China. This only helps Beijing.”
Chang says it’s likely Snowden went public with his claims because he was tipped off that the NSA was on to him.
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