Edward Snowden, is he USA most wanted or USA Saga?



By Kelvin Esiasa

Of late, a number of international and local media have been airing news about Edward Snowden the USA most wanted. Many international news channels have been overshadowed with the case of Snowden.

President Barrack Obama and his intelligence team were unable to sleep because of the Edward Snowden. The entire CIA, FBI and other security wing in USA are packing and busy speculating on the information that Snowden has leaked to the media.

The American government has even gone ahead to issue threats to any government that may shield Snowden arrest. Snowden’s leaks are said to rank among the most significant breaches in the history of the NSA.

Mr.Snowden the father to Edward has even accused USA most wanted criminal Assenge that he was behind the leaking of confidential information that Edward leaks. Russia and China have been reported to have said they could not arrest Edward because he was not against their countries.

The two countries have also refused to arrest Edward but asked Edward to leave their territory in a peaceful manner. Russia has refuted that its intelligence wing never worked with Edward.

A number of USA citizens are wondering if what Edward did was in the national interest or he did want a normal human being would have done. Other commentators are wondering if what Edward had done is a battle of the mind where a job is overturned by human consciousness.

According to Wikipedia the recent poll conducted by Gallup in USA suggested that 44% of American citizen thought what Edward had done was very right and was interest of patriotism while 42% of Americans thought he was wrong, and he should be punished. Wikipedia also reported that a poll in Hong Kong also that suggested 33% of the residents thought he was right, and 12% said he was wrong.

The question that many follower of this story were asking was who is this Edward Snodwen and who did he work for. What wrong has he done to America?  According to Wikipedia Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American former technical contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who leaked details of top-secret American and British government mass surveillance programs to the press. Edward Snowden grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina.

His father, Lonnie Snowden, a resident of Pennsylvania, was an officer in the United States Coast Guard, and his mother, a resident of Baltimore, Maryland, is a clerk at a federal court in Maryland.

Working primarily with Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian (London), which published a series of exposés based on Snowden’s disclosures in June 2013, Snowden revealed information about a variety of classified intelligence programs, including the interception of US and European telephone metadata and the PRISM and Tempora Internet surveillance programs.

On June 14, 2013, US federal prosecutors filed a sealed complaint, made public on June 21, charging Snowden with theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information, and willful communication of classified intelligence to an unauthorized person; the latter two allegations are under the Espionage Act.

News stories (An extract from Wikipedia) based on documents disclosed by Snowden were as follows:
•    On June 5, The Guardian released a top secret order of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that ordered a business division of Verizon Communications to provide “on an ongoing daily basis” metadata for all telephone calls “wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls” and all calls made “between the United States and abroad.”
•    On June 6, The Guardian and The Washington Post revealed the existence of PRISM, a clandestine electronic surveillance program that allegedly allows the NSA to access e-mail, web searches, and other Internet traffic in real time.
•    On June 9, The Guardian revealed Boundless Informant, a system that “details and even maps by country the voluminous amount of information [the NSA] collects from the computer and telephone networks.”
•    On June 12, the South China Morning Post disclosed that the NSA has been hacking into computers in China and Hong Kong since 2009.
•    On June 17, The Guardian reported that the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), a British intelligence agency, had intercepted foreign politicians’ communications at the 2009 G-20 London Summit.
•    On June 20, The Guardian revealed two secret documents, signed by Attorney General Eric Holder, describing the rules by which the NSA determines whether targets of investigations are foreign or domestic.
•    On June 21, The Guardian made further disclosures about ‘Tempora,’ an 18-month-old British operation by GCHQ to intercept and store mass quantities of fiber-optic traffic.
•    On June 23, the South China Morning Post reported that Snowden had said the NSA had hacked Chinese mobile-phone companies to collect millions of text messages and had also hacked Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Asian fiber-optic network operator Pacnet.
•    On June 25, Greenwald reported Snowden claims that he had sent files with NSA secrets to associates for his personal insurance and that their contents would be revealed should something untoward happen to him.

There are many questions that the USA government has not provided answers to. Many people have raised questions to why America has been spying on other governments. Others people have questioned why did the 29 year intelligence officer leak this information and how come the USA allowed Edward to trot around media house with this amount of information.
Reading the report about Edward versus the USA government one would conclude that there was something fish about the USA government. In the past,  China and Russia had complained about the USA government secret operations. Other governments have also wondered why USA has been conducting  secret operation on foreign soil.

In other way,  the USA government has been behaving like unsatisfied wife who secretly go out in the night to seek pleasure from other ways. Many governments in the past have given the USA massive support in the fight against terrorism. So it is a big surprise to learn from Edward that despite these efforts and measures from foreign governments and institution USA government still go on to conduct secret operation on their security systems.

To answer the question this article seek to address Edward Snowden is he USA most wanted or USA saga? Definitely China, Russia and Ecuador would answer it in the best way. But for me I can only insinuate the answer.

The USA government should now understand that their greatest enemies are their own citizens and its secret society. USA will continue trotting around the world asking for support to fight terrorist but infuriated action will continue to overshadow them. America also needs to understand their greatest enemy was its own government.

During 2008 election Barrack Obama had asked America to vote for change they had yearned for. The change based on promoting and strengthening internal politics. Obama campaigned that USA needed a new start that could strengthen and focus on building a nation.

This campaign attracted the attention of many young people, and a number of young people made sure that Obama was elected. For sure Obama was voted in as the first black American President. So Obama and the CIA should not be surprised with Edward and Assange action. This is what Obama had campaigned for where their citizens were supposed to fight and reject initiatives that were aimed at creating problems in the world. This is the same message that Obama is preaching around.
This is also a time that the UN Security Council should set up a commission to probe America’s action of hacking others nations security systems. The world should stand up and join Ecuador President in condemning the action by the USA.

President Rafael Correa of Ecuador criticized US media for focusing on Snowden, saying it is taking away attention from NSA spying.

While Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower and leaker of the top-secret Pentagon Papers in 1971, stated in an interview with CNN that he thought Snowden had done an “incalculable” service to his country and that his leaks might prevent America from becoming a surveillance state. He said Snowden had acted with the same sort of courage and patriotism as a soldier in battle.