Edward Snowden’s New Media Mouthpiece

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

When you survey recent press coverage of the Edward Snowden affair, one name increasingly pops up: Jesselyn Radack, the National Security and Human Rights Director of the Government Accountability Project (GAP), who is a “legal adviser” to Snowden. She has traveled to Moscow to meet with the National Security Agency (NSA) leaker and was on the CBS’s “Face the Nation” program recently to rebut charges that Snowden has engaged in espionage against the U.S.

GAP is an offshoot of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), an organization that facilitated the activities of CIA defector Philip Agee, who participated in Soviet KGB operations against the U.S.

In one of her latest statements to raise eyebrows, Radack said at an anti-NSA press conference last week that it would “totally be proper” for the Russian intelligence service, the FSB, to be “guarding” Snowden in Moscow. The FSB is a successor to the Soviet KGB and maintains the Russian surveillance state.

Radack also told the press conference that it would be “inappropriate” for the NSA to be conducting surveillance of Snowden.

Her comments came during a press conference insisting that President Obama’s proposed NSA “reforms” do not go far enough.

Some of the press conference participants, who were veterans of the NSA, were questioned about why Snowden went to Moscow. Radack, sitting in the audience, was called upon to explain why he did not go to a country such as Norway, Sweden or Germany.

Radack has explained Snowden’s travel to Russia through Chinese Hong Kong as just a quirk in scheduling out of Hawaii, where he was based, with no real political significance. “Hong Kong was an easy flight” from Hawaii, she has said. She blames the U.S. for having “stranded him” in Moscow by revoking his passport when he arrived in Russia.

She went further at the anti-NSA press conference, insisting that Snowden “has been granted political asylum based on a valid fear of persecution by the United States for his political opinion” and, “therefore, it is perfectly appropriate that—if the FSB were guarding him—that would totally be proper because he has been granted asylum by Russia under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which the U.S. is a signatory.”

So the FSB, which is notorious for staging terrorism blamed on Islamists and killing Russian President Putin’s political enemies, is somehow guaranteeing Snowden’s human rights in Moscow.

House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) has said he believes Snowden had the help of the FSB in stealing top secret U.S. documents. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Rogers said, “Let me just say this. I believe there’s a reason he ended up in the hands, the loving arms, of an FSB agent in Moscow. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.”

Lt. Gen Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West, told Accuracy in Media that he believes Snowden’s arrival in Russia was “the result of a well-prepared Russian intelligence operation” against the United States.

But Snowden tells The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer that it is “absurd” to claim he is a spy for Russia. Mayer said Snowden conducted the interview with her “by encrypted means from Moscow.”

Snowden claimed that “Russia was never intended” to be his place of asylum, but he “was stopped en route.” He said he was “transiting through Russia” and wanted to go to somewhere else “via Havana,” but that his passport was cancelled by the U.S. State Department.

In Snowden’s world, the U.S. was obligated to facilitate his travel to another country of his own choosing, so that he could escape the reach of the law.

Radack claims in a Wall Street Journal column defending Snowden against espionage charges that “The Espionage Act is for spies like Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, who sold secrets to enemies for profit” and not for Snowden. Ames and Hanssen were paid to spy for Moscow.

But top State Department official Alger Hiss, convicted of perjury for denying he was a Soviet spy, betrayed America for communist ideology, not profit.

Kent Clizbe, a former CIA case officer, tells Accuracy in Media that he is not convinced that Snowden is a spy in the ordinary sense of the word, and that his libertarian views (Snowden was a Ron Paul supporter) may have motivated his actions. “This has no marks of being a KGB/FSB operation prior to his arrival in Russia,” he said. However, he says there can be no doubt that Snowden now is under the effective control of the FSB in Moscow.

Another claim Radack has made is that there is “no tangible proof of any damage” from Snowden’s disclosures.

But Rep. Rogers and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD), the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, have released a statement describing Snowden’s “acts of betrayal,” which they say “truly place America’s military men and women in greater danger around the world.”

They issued a joint bipartisan statement saying that a Department of Defense assessment of the damage caused by Snowden’s disclosures has found that:

  • Snowden downloaded approximately 1.7 million intelligence files, the single largest theft of secrets in the history of the United States;
  • Although press reporting to date has focused on the NSA’s foreign intelligence collection, much of the information stolen by Snowden is related to current U.S. military operations. The compromise of this information significantly impacts capabilities of each of the U.S. Armed Services—meaning Snowden’s theft and leaking of U.S. classified material has the potential to jeopardize the lives of real American military men and women working overseas, and risks the failure of current US military operations.
  • Snowden’s disclosures have already tipped off our adversaries to the sources and methods of our defense, and hurt U.S. allies helping us with counter terrorism, cyber crime, human and narcotics trafficking, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Radack goes beyond defending Snowden to affirming the basis for what Russia has done in this case. Putin “is behaving rationally in protecting Edward Snowden,” Radack told me in an interview in October. “Russia’s not controlling him in any way.”

Now, however, the story has changed, and the FSB apparently is “guarding” him for a perfectly legitimate reason.

Labeled a “modern-day Alger Hiss” by former Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Snowden was recently added to the board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

As we have reported, the group was started by the Foundation for National Progress, best known as the publisher of Mother Jones magazine, and is backed by several prominent liberal foundations, including the Open Society Institute of billionaire George Soros.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected]. View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.


Modern Day Essay Basics

From: Essay Basics

Nowadays there are a great number of articles related to essay writing. Some of them refer to tips on how to write a good essay, others tell you how difficult the writing process is.

Writing is, in fact, a difficult process. A lot of information should be gathered, read, filtered and finally inserted into your essay. Another challenge is to properly cite all the used information in order not to plagiarize. Well, one can find a lot of useful links on the Internet regarding all these challenges. One of the most helpful websites is essaybasics.com, which has a great deal of useful information on the subject.

Let’s talk about the challenge of writing a modern essay. Why is it considered modern? How does modern writing differ from writings of the past?

In my point of view, modern writing means your personal writing. You should show not only your thinking or ideas, you should develop your own style of writing.

Of course, you cannot gain that ability by writing one or two papers; this ability requires practice. When you start writing, write anything that comes to your mind, don’t be afraid. You will revise and proofread the paper multiple times. When thinking about what to write, you may miss a good idea. But when you write ALL your thoughts, you will later figure out what ideas are to be deleted and what ideas are to be elaborated upon.

Don’t be afraid to use a lot of words

Your paper should be colorful, with lots of adjectives in order to make the sentences rich. No one wants to read boring sentences. If your sentences are rich, the reader’s imagination starts working.

Once the paper is done, read it aloud and you will be able to see if your sentences should be enriched further. It is very important though, to find the golden medium.

Good luck with your writing and don’t forget to practice. Practice makes perfect.


Watcher’s Council Nominations – Black And White Edition

The Watcher’s Council

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

I recently started writing for The Times of Israel. Anyone interested in checking out my opening salvo, entitled “Blaming the victim, with the best of intentions,” can find it here.

Ch-ch-ch-changes… This week, we bid farewell to our dear friends and Council mates The Mellow Jihadi and The Political Commentator. It has been great having them on the Council and they will both be sorely missed, although they will remain members of the WoW community. So we hope to hear from them and see them weigh in on the Forum from time to time.

On the flip side, that also means that there are two Council seats up for grabs. These tend to fill up quickly, so if you think you might be interested in joining the Council and want more information on what’s involved, please leave your name, the name of your site and your email address anywhere in the comments section (which won’t be published) over at Joshuapundit.

This week, Ask Marion and The Blue Ridge Forum earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an email address (which won’t be published) in the comments section, no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members, while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have this week…

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that!


Trevor Loudon’s Dream Team for 2016 Big Hit at SC Tea Party Convention

By: Matthew Boyle

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina — Conservative activist and author Trevor Loudon riled up the crowd to kick off the South Carolina Tea Party convention in a Saturday speech with a proposed dream team he offered for conservatives to “put the federal government back in its place.”

First, claimed if the GOP nominated New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, conservatives will lose no matter who wins the election, as they’d be left with a choice between an establishment Republican or a Democrat.

“If you get a fat boy from New Jersey or a Jeb Bush, you’re going to lose,” Loudon said. “Because progressivism rolls on.”

“But you people have the power to make something different happen,” Loudon added, directly addressing the Tea Party activists in the room.

Loudon argued that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) should be the leader of the future conservative presidential team and that conservative activists like those in Myrtle Beach are desperate for real leadership in America. He added that any candidate who gets the nomination in 2016 should unite all the wings of conservatism and excite voters to want to go to the polls—unlike how Mitt Romney and House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) failed to turn out millions of registered Republicans who, if they had voted, could have swung the election.

“You’ve got all these people out there, folks who are waiting for leadership,” Loudon said.

Loudon proceeded to detail who should comprise the conservative dream team to take back America.

“If I were Ted Cruz, I’d go out there now and starting picking my team,” Loudon said. “I’d go to Allen West and say ‘I want to make you my VP.’ For the libertarians, I’d go to Rand Paul and let you do what you do. For Secretary of Energy, Gov. Sarah Palin. Drill, baby, drill!”

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) should be the Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ben Carson the Secretary of Health and Human Services, radio’s Mark Levin the Attorney General, and David Barton of Wallbuilders the Secretary of Education, Loudon argued. “Ambassador to the United Nations, no one,” he added, prompting one of many standing ovations the hundreds of Tea Party activists in the room gave him.

“Would you guys get motivated by a team like that?” Loudon asked the audience.

“Yes!” they shouted in response, many of the hundreds in attendance on their feet.

Loudon said Tea Party activists need to do everything they can going into 2016 as this might be the last chance to save America.

“I’m asking for two more years because the very least you’ll be able to do is look your children in the eyes and say ‘I gave it everything I got,’” Loudon said.


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