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>Has it ever occurred to you working that with journalists instead of just handing the information over the the Russians makes the intelligence worthless to them?
It does not actually make him nor the information useless. **Edit**: Also we should not assume that the Snowden operation is about intelligence gathering. Intelligence gathering has a very low priority within the Russian intelligence community they focus way more resources and time on information ops. And in information ops the point is to get information to the people and the people in power in order to influence their views and decisions regarding current events. In this case talking to journalists and convincing them that you have a solid story for them would be a great way to run your op. **/Edit**
>That if this were fiction giving the trove to journalist would make him the most comically bad spy ever written?
Without a shred of evidence you believe Snowden wholeheartedly. Has it ever occured to you that the only reason you believe that he gave all information to journalists is because he said so? Not really comical considering the damage he did to intelligence operations that did not involve mass surveillance…
>No, no likely. You seem to enjoy bad fiction.
This isn’t fiction. You guys just refuse to see the other side of Saint Snowden. I mean seriously he could have blown the whistle on the whole thing about mass surveillance without revealing information that destroyed decades of intelligence work in Russia (against legit targets) that will probably never be rebuilt. He basically shut down some of the best intelligence operations going on against the Russians right before Putin went off on his Cold War 2.0 and then he defected to Russia. Something the Russians wouldn’t have accepted without getting something in return, I mean seriously think about it. Russia is basically a fascist dicatorship and Snowden thinks “Hey lets run to Russia” and not only that but Russian intelligence thinks “Let’s import this guy who agitates against western governments for their lack of democratic oversight on their surveillance programs”.
Everyone who knows anything about these things are pretty convinced that he was recruited by the Russians at some point in his career. And I don’t mean journalists or analysts I mean ex spooks, counterintelligence guys, even ex KGB find his story suspicous at best. Does that mean that he is definitely a Russian spy? No he could just be one of the biggest idiots in the past 2 decades (GW Bush included) but it seems likely that he was recruited by the Russians. Also remember that most spys don’t get outed until someone from the other side defects and blows their cover so we’re not going to know the truth about Snowden for a long time now if we ever get the full picture.
And don’t confuse this with me arguing for mass surveillance or saying that what the US government did was right but I’m telling you stop worshiping St Snowden because he is probably not the nice guy you think he is and he is most likely not on your side when it comes to personal privacy and human rights.
>[What can be dismissed out of hand is the notion that, while staying in Hong Kong a year ago, Ed met with Russian spies – sorry, “diplomats” – at their consulate there and, all of a sudden, decided to hop a flight to Moscow. Espionage simply does not work that way, folks. We can only guess at what was on Ed’s mind, but those who know the Russian “special services” understand that such a scenario is so implausible that it can be ruled out altogether. The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) simply does not allow American intelligence personnel they’ve just met to jump on a flight to Mother Russia. That never happens.](http://20committee.com/2015/01/12/snowden-and-russian-intelligence-an-update/)