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Global Times goes on about Snowden:


Snowden’s fate a sign of US hegemony

Edward Snowden, a whistle-blower from the US National Security Agency, applied to 21 countries for political asylum on July 1, but encountered negative responses. Snowden withdrew his Russia asylum bid after Russian President Vladimir Putin dictated terms for his stay. The fate of the whistleblower has become a symbol testing US hegemony. 

Snowden’s exposure has discredited the US. His latest revelations that the US has been spying on the EU mission in New York and its embassy in Washington have caused explosive consequences and strong reactions from EU members like France and Germany. 

These immoral actions will further deprive the US of its power to mess with world affairs under the guise of moral values.

Snowden has exposed US hypocrisy, its random violations of citizens’ privacy and arrogant cyber espionage in other countries. US soft power has failed to prevent these negative influences spreading across the world. Non-US media refrained from launching harsh criticism against the US, but the storm caused by Snowden’s leaks has made the global public well aware of what’s going on. 

Snowden’s latest step has displayed US hegemony to the world. He submitted 21 applications for political asylum, then the US projected its power – the countries involved either cowered or delayed for time.


Countries involved either cowered or delayed for time. China among them.

Global Times is very happy to use Snowden to slam USG, and defend him as a human rights defending hero. But they kicked the guy out.

Classy. It seems I was right after all. The guy is fucked.




14 responses to “Doublespeak

  1. Greying Wanderer July 5, 2013 at 20:52

    If the attitude of China/Russia is related to games over Syria they may not want a swift resolution either way. If that’s the case then we should see some Snowden ping-pong.

    • spandrell July 6, 2013 at 14:40

      China and Russia aren’t getting what they want with Syria so I don’t know about that. I just wonder what USG has threatened Russia and China with that they are such pussies.

  2. VXXC July 5, 2013 at 23:58

    He’s a traitor, even though I don’t support the programs. Which are no surprise, really. He could have either not revealed his identity at all or stayed home and faced whatever music as a leaker. NOW he’s a traitor. He’s also a smug little holier than thou fuck. And he is FUCKED. His best deal is Russia…and they don’t screw around. His life is over.

    He’ll be lucky to see 30, and it’s the Russians he needs to worry about now.

    • asdf July 6, 2013 at 08:06

      A traitor to what? The USG? Those people stopped being anyone I held loyalty to awhile ago. He’s certainly not a traitor to me. I wish him the best.

      • VXXC July 7, 2013 at 23:41

        He is a traitor to America, and his only offer to a foreign govt is information that can do us all Harm.

        As far as USG I too am hostile and regard them as a bankrupt criminal conspiracy of desperate fools.

        This does not change what Snowden is…a traitor. You realize of course he probably took the Oath a certain point.
        Also a pretentious smug little child. A child like *so many* real criminals.

        If he lives it’s to embarrass USG.

    • Greying Wanderer July 6, 2013 at 23:29

      USG is a rogue state.

  3. John July 6, 2013 at 03:08

    Venezuela just offered asylum to him. He is not as helpless as it seems. I imagine that the lap tops he has, while they are unlikely to contain any top secret documents, may contain dirt they had dug up on U.S. politicians. If they were properly encrypted, it would be difficult for Putin to decrypted without a key, which is why he offered asylum to Snowden on the condition that he stop revealing this stuff in public, he wanted to get at the info and use it at his discretion instead. It is also why Snowden, in spite of his desperate situation, turned down the offer. Now they are trying another trick. Anna Chapman, the ex-spy for Russia, is offering to marry Snowden, site unseen. Of course she still works for Putin. If he was married to her, in no time at all, they would be able to extract the key to open his files. This may have something to do with Venezuela now suddenly offering asylum to him, probably at the U.S. request, to get him away from Russia and any of the damaging material from being decrypted by Russia.

  4. Rollory July 8, 2013 at 19:27

    Yeah, the guy clearly didn’t prepare for the consequences. It looks like he decided to just act and then sort out later what to do. He should have had a pre-planned vacation scheduled and visa / other entry paperwork for a country unlikely to extradite him all worked out beforehand.

    It also looks to me like the consequences of his acting will amount to very little. Most US citizens don’t care enough to do anything about it. He sacrificed his own liberty for a country that values neither liberty nor the sacrifice, and that arguably therefore deserves neither.

    • spandrell July 8, 2013 at 21:00

      Well there seems to be little one can do, beyond protecting oneself with whatever technical measures are available. I do think it was good he came out.

  5. Scharlach July 8, 2013 at 19:34

    This is all good fun. It’s refreshing to see some realpolitik going on instead of listening to the usual “human rights” bullshit that echoes through the halls of power too often. Honestly, this whole affair has given us a tiny peak into the world of international politics as they really exist: even in 2013, it’s all about power plays, bluffing, and reality.

    Off topic, but I’ve been wanting to ask you, Spandrell: How many languages do you speak? Did you grow up hearing many languages or do you just have a polyglot’s knack for learning them?

      • JD July 10, 2013 at 01:21

        I’d also like to know. And can you give me some tips on what you do to maintain your Japanese fluency? (Writing, reading, listening, speaking)

        • spandrell July 10, 2013 at 01:49

          I speak 4 and a half languages.

          As for Japanese:

          I read
          Watch movies (Anime is probably better for practice though)
          Listen to music
          And talk to who I can.

          Language learning is pretty much about content. Find something you enjoy watching and stick to it.

  6. lalit February 21, 2016 at 13:24

    Two and a half years later, this guy’s not doing too great, but he’s not fucked either.

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