From "The Big Fat Quiz of the Year":
Yep. That's about right.
In an open letter to the Brazilian people, Edward Snowden offered to assist in Brazil's efforts to thwart NSA spying in exchange for asylum. Almost immediately, Brazil declined Snowden's offer.
As we enter the third month of The Story of the Summer, the Edward Snowden NSA saga, it's probably a good time recap some of the most ridiculous and inaccurate claims made by various reporters covering this beat.
It was staggering to learn that an official from the National Security Agency actually floated the idea of amnesty for Edward Snowden. The idea was proposed by the head of NSA's "Snowden Task Force," Richard Ledgett, who said that it's "worth having a conversation about" allowing Snowden to return to the U.S. as a free man if he agrees to turn over his goodie-bag of documents to NSA.
In early 2013, before Glenn Greenwald was convinced that Edward Snowden, who assumed the pseudonym "Cincinnatus," was who he said he was, Snowden evidently created a video tutorial in order to coach Greenwald through the process of installing encryption software on his computer so NSA files and other messages could be securely shuttled between the two. (FULL VIDEO)
Edward Snowden's goal wasn't to simply shine a light into the dark and allow people to decide for themselves if they like what they see there; if that were the case he wouldn't have handed the information he stole off to someone like Glenn Greenwald, who was almost certainly going to use it to try to damage the Obama administration. Snowden's goal was to end the secrecy that he felt was wrong. He decided what was best for all of us.
Last week, Cenk Uygur posted a segment of his show, The Young Turks, in which he picked apart one of my recent articles about the Snowden NSA situation and I really can't help but to respond to what Cenk and his partners said because I feel like my views were grossly misrepresented. I've been on Cenk's show many times and it would've been great to defend myself in person, but this will have to suffice.
The book tells the story of how The Guardian acquired the Snowden NSA documents and how the publication went about the process of reporting on the story. Over the weekend, author Luke Harding published an excerpt of the book online and it was a harrowing and bizarre read. Here are the 13 most bizarre things from the excerpt...
Throughout the last 20 hours or so, I've seen variations of the TechDirt remarks, ranging from The NSA employee deserved it for spying on us, to NSA agents aren't under cover so what's the big deal?
As soon as the article was posted, a popular cryptography website claims to have downloaded a pdf of the Snowden document from The New York Times and discovered that three of the redactions that were intended to obscure sensitive national security information were easily accessible by highlighting, copying and pasting the text.