This should surprise nobody:
Edward Snowden‘s massive misappropriations of classified documents from the inner sanctum of U.S. intelligence is mainly presented by the media as a whistleblowing story. In this narrative—designed by Mr. Snowden himself—he is portrayed as a disgruntled contractor for the National Security Agency, acting alone, who heroically exposed the evils of government surveillance beginning in 2013.
The other way of looking at it—based on the number and nature of documents Mr. Snowden took, and the dates when they were taken—is that only a handful of the secrets had anything to do with domestic surveillance by the government and most were of primary value to an espionage operation.
…but it will, anyway. And it will surprise people who should have known better all along, honestly. I will forgive people who came late to the partisan wars, as it were: but if you have been doing this sort of thing since 2002 or so (as I have) then you freaking well should have known that you should never trust anybody who was so enthusiastically defended by Glenn Greenwald. Being championed by a notorious anti-American seditionist* is, as we say, a ‘tell.’ Never trust the antiwar movement. Never trust the antiwar movement. Fools, dupes, and knaves, the lot of them.
Now, as to whether Ed Snowden had prior help from Russian and Chinese spy agencies… that, I do not know. It could very easily be that the man simply assumed that both organizations would be happy to pay well for the information that he was providing, assuming that it was juicy enough – and that information just was, wasn’t? The bright side of this, of course, is that (ironically) your basic Commie and post-Commie spy agencies are notorious tightwads when it comes to payouts: I assume that in a couple of years they’ll decide that it’s not cost-effective anymore to protect Ed Snowden. And then we’ll grab him, because nobody holds a grudge like our alphabet-soup natsec bureaucracy.
I look forward to covering that particular espionage trial. Especially if Snowden trades names in exchange for not getting the needle. Which I suspect that he will: it’s the first betrayal that’s the hardest, after all.
*Grenwald’s an American citizen who very much wants to topple the existing US government, to the point of cooperating with people who are now credibly linked with Russian and Chinese spy services. I stand by my statement: and if I had the hard evidence for treason required by the Constitution that I love and Greenwald hates, I’d make that charge, too. But we make treason charges hard to prove for a reason.