NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Asks 15 Countries for Asylum — Including Venezuela

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Edward Snowden, the man who informed the American public — and the world — about a secret, massive, warrantless data-gathering program called PRISM, is stuck in limbo at a Moscow airport.

Snowden has since appealed to 15 countries for asylum, including American adversary Venezuela. New president Nicolas Maduro, who is taking over for the deceased Hugo Chavez, may be looking to improve his anti-American street cred by adopting the undocumented immigrant.

Don’t look for the president to do too much to alter that calculus; Obama said he won’t be ‘scrambling jets’ to get the 29 year-old and dismissed him as a “hacker.” From the Huffington Post:

The last thing President Barack Obama wants to do is turn Edward Snowden into a grand enemy of the state or a Daniel Ellsberg-type hero who speaks truth to power.

In the shifting narrative of the Obama administration, the man whose leaks of top-secret material about government surveillance programs have tied the national security apparatus in knots and brought charges under the Espionage Act has now been demoted to a common fugitive unworthy of international intrigue or extraordinary pursuit by the U.S. government.

HuffPo knows a thing or two about “narratives” shift the leftist foot-soldier’s mentality. Since there’s no such thing as “objectivity,” so they hold, then the description of men like Snowden is pivotal for public opinion. Whether or not Snowden is a “hero” or a “traitor,” he’s a threat to national security; not to mention the establishment’s ubiquitous surveillance of the American people.

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