Once his passport was cancelled, Snowden was effectively left stranded. As of a few days ago his last known location, like any good spy, was somewhere in Moscow, probably the Sheremetyevo International Airport. Beyond that, neither hide nor hair has been seen of him. Failing to produce a body hasn’t stopped the major media from burning him in effigy, however.
Snowden’s actions have also placed him in the midst of a good old fashioned cold war-style espionage saga. All we need now is SMERSH and a John Barry cd, and we’re rolling.
|Not Julian Assange or Eric Snowden, but it’ll do in a pinch.|
When asked about using a military solution to intercept Snowden if he attempted to leave Russia, President Obama quipped that he wouldn’t be ‘scrambling any jets to take down a twenty-nine year old hacker’. Good to know, but I’m much more interested in why the President is all but given a pass not only for allowing this policy to expand like a cyber version of the Blob to the point that people like Snowden and William Binney felt compelled to speak and act against it. To that end, John Cassidy of the New Yorker delivers an interesting piece regarding the demonization of Snowden, and the lack of true journalism regarding his case.
In Assange’s case, little has changed. He’s still holed up at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, and Wikileaks has given its full support of Snowden in every way possible. Just yesterday, George Stephanopoulos interviewed Assange at length about Snowden, the NSA and other matters on ABC.
To be continued.