Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 5 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest 1 Share on Fark! Share on Reddit 2 Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 3 (11 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   14 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Our Man In Moscow

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 9   Valuable 9   Must Read 8  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 8/2/13

Become a Fan
  (111 fans)
- Advertisement -
Source: Asia Times



So what is the "extremely disappointed" Obama administration, the Orwellian/Panopticon complex and the discredited US Congress to do? Send a Navy Seal Team 6 to snatch him or to target assassinate him -- turning Moscow into Abbottabad 2.0? Drone him? Poison his borscht? Shower his new house with depleted uranium? Install a no-fly zone over Russia? 

Edward Snowden, under his new legal status in Russia, simply cannot be handed over to Bradley Manning's lynch mob. Legally, Washington is now as powerless as a tribal Pashtun girl facing an incoming Hellfire missile. A President of the United States (POTUS) so proud of his constitutional law pedigree -- recent serial trampling of the US constitution notwithstanding, not to mention international law -- seems not to have understood the message.  

Barack Obama virtually screamed his lungs out telling Russian President Vladimir Putin he had to hand him Snowden "under international law." Putin repeatedly said this was not going to happen. 

Obama even phoned Putin. Nothing. Washington even forced European poodles to down Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane. Worse. Moscow kept following the letter of Russian law and eventually granted temporary asylum to Snowden. 

The Edward Snowden saga has turned the Pentagon's Full Spectrum Dominance doctrine on its Hydra-head. Not only because of the humbling of the whole US security state apparatus, but also for exploding the myth of Full Spectrum Dominance by POTUS. 

Obama revealed himself once again as a mediocre politician and an incompetent negotiator. Putin devoured him as a succulent serving of eggs benedict. Glenn Greenwald will be inflicting death by a thousand leaks -- because he is in charge of Snowden's digital treasure chest. And Snowden took a taxi and left the airport -- on his own terms. 
- Advertisement -


Layers and layers of nuances have been captured in this fascinating discussion at Yves Smith's blog -- something impossible to find across Western corporate media. For POTUS, all that's left is to probably boycott a bilateral meeting with Putin next month, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in St Petersburg. Pathetic does not even begin to explain it. 

I did it my way
   
What a boost for good literature; Snowden spent most of his time in airport transit reading Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, a collection of Chekhov stories, a history of the Russian state by 19th century historian Nikolai Karamzin - and learning the Cyrillic alphabet. 

He did take a taxi to the bright side when he left Sheremetyevo, alongside Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks. He may have gone to a FSB safehouse -- with zero chance of the CIA's Moscow station finding him, although his lawyer said he would choose his place of residence and form of protection. His father Lon may soon visit. Even self-described "pole-dancing superhero" girlfriend Lindsay Mills may soon resurface. 

How he must have relished to close the nerve-racking waiting game by having the last word -- as in his statement published by WikiLeaks; "Over the past eight weeks we have seen the Obama administration show no respect for international or domestic law, but in the end the law is winning. I thank the Russian Federation for granting me asylum in accordance with its laws and international obligations." 

Snowden is legally allowed to work -- and has already received a job offer, by the founder of Vkontakte (Russia's Facebook), Pavel Durov, to be a member of his "all-star security team." By 2018 he will be entitled to Russian citizenship. He promised Putin he won't leak "information that may harm the US" -- the key condition for the asylum request to be granted. But then he does not have to; Greenwald has everything since those heady initial days in Hong Kong. What's Washington to do? Turn Greenwald's apartment in Rio into a Pashtun wedding party? 
- Advertisement -


The timing could not have been more dramatic. Snowden finally landed in Russia immediately after Greenwald revealed the details of XKeyscore[1] -- once again stressing how US public opinion, US media and the cosmically inept US Congress had no clue about the full extent of the NSA's reach. "Constitutional checks and balances," anyone? 

There's got to be a serious glitch with the collective IQ of these people. The Obama administration as well as the Orwellian/Panopticon complex are in shock because they simply cannot stop death by a thousand leaks. The Roving Eye is among those who suspect the NSA has no clue about what Snowden, as a systems administrator, was able to download (especially because someone with his skills can easily delete traces of access). Even the top NSA robot -- General Keith Alexander -- admitted on the record the "no such agency" does not know how Snowden pulled it off. He could have left a bug, or infected the system with a virus. The fun may have not even started. 

Watch lame duck POTUS
 

Credit to some cynical latitudes, as in South America, where people for years have been joking, "the gringos spy on everything we do"; the Internet, after all, was originally an American military program. Professor John Naughton of Britain's Open University goes one step ahead,[2] stressing that "the days of the internet as a truly global network are numbered." What lies ahead is balkanization -- geographical subnets governed by the US, China, Russia, Iran, etc. 

Naughton also stresses that the US and other Western sub-powers have lost their legitimacy as governors of the internet. To top it off, there's no more "internet freedom agenda," as parroted by the Obama administration. 

This Big Brother obsession with watching, tracking, monitoring, controlling, decoding virtually everything we do digitally is leading to monumental stupidities like Google searches attracting armed US government's agents to one's house, as is pricelessly detailed here. And still Paranoia Paradise has not isolated Washington from a major ass-kicking in Afghanistan and Iraq, or has foreseen the 2008 financial crisis; but then again it probably did, and the elites who arbitraged all that massive inside information royally profited from it. 

For the moment, what we have is an Orwellian/Panopticon complex that will persist with its unchecked powers; an aphasic populace; a quiet, invisible man in a Moscow multitude; and a POTUS consumed with boundless rage. Watch out. He may be tempted to wag the (war) dog. 

Next Page  1  |  2

 

Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times. His regular column, "The Roving Eye," is widely read. He is an analyst for the online news channel Real News, the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Why Putin is driving Washington nuts

All aboard the New Silk Road(s)

It was Putin's missile?

Where is Prince Bandar?

Why Qatar wants to invade Syria

The IMF goes to war in Ukraine

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
11 people are discussing this page, with 14 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Security State Keeps Getting Caught in NSA Lies&n... by Deborah Dills on Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 9:53:39 PM
I was watching Kid President meet with Obama earli... by paulvcassidy on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 at 6:43:18 AM
has been handled extremely ineptly by the Obama ad... by mhenriday on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 at 7:38:50 AM
Five stars for your wonderful article, Pepe -- tha... by Shireen Parsons on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 at 12:34:37 PM
[[rwb]]  Whoever would've thunk it?... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 at 1:23:48 PM
RIGHT, great flag, thanks___At last USA the good... by jean labrek on Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 12:25:33 PM
starting with the genocide of Native Americans, ca... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 1:46:39 PM
Of congressional members are completely ignorant b... by Archie on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 at 3:28:08 PM
The Russian action re-establishes a balance in wor... by remo on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 at 4:19:37 PM
Best written piece on the American self delusion I... by manifesto 2000 on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 at 4:36:37 PM
RIGHT, in Canada with the very Royal Harper govern... by jean labrek on Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 12:33:21 PM
It is essential that outfits like Press for Conver... by manifesto 2000 on Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 at 4:50:33 PM
Much of what you have said is known. But you do ha... by K V Ramani on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 at 10:03:12 AM
Let us hope that he doesn't fall for the same kind... by S. Juniper on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 at 6:33:32 PM