Edward Snowden Can’t Go Home, Blames Legal Gaps

By: Toni Matthews-El - January 23, 2014

“Intelligence agencies do have a role to play, and the people at the working level at the NSA, CIA, or any other member of the IC are not out to get you.”

Perhaps this answer given by Edward Snowden during a recent Q&A session seems a bit ironic, but it at least shows he still has faith in the purpose of American intelligence agencies. Snowden’s primary concerns, concerns that led to his whistleblower status, involved “unaccountable senior officials” who would abuse their position to authorize “unconstitutional programs“. In addition to the misuse of intelligence, Snowden felt that there were certain programs that were simply unnecessary.

Says Snowden, “Collecting phone and email records for every American is a waste of money, time and human resources that could be better spent pursuing those the government has reason to suspect are a serious threat.” He noted that even the president agreed with him.

Unfortunately for Snowden, he is still in a world of trouble and so he remains a world away in Russia.

Edward Snowden initially fled to Hong Kong last year after the unlawful disclosure of various government activities. He then went to Russia where he was granted asylum for at least a year.

Should Snowden return to the United States, he faces charges of theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national security information and giving classified intelligence data to an unauthorized person. In addition to criminal prosecution, Snowden has responded to alleged threats on his life by unnamed U.S. intelligence officials.

Snowden says he would like to return to the United States, however does not see it as a possibility at present.

“Returning to the US, I think, is the best resolution for the government, the public, and myself, but it’s unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistleblower protection laws.”

He also feels that given the circumstances, a fair trial would be virtually impossible.

Still, Snowden doesn’t view “all spying” as bad. He just hopes that the light he shined on government activities will encourage a greater focus on very real threats and not include the abusing of the trust of American citizens.

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Toni Matthews-ElToni Matthews-El hails from the land of chunked pumpkins and people who come to a complete stop before making any and every turn. When she isn't contributing articles to WebProNews, she spends her time freelance writing, cheering Liverpool FC, and enjoying life as a hair flower connoisseur. Disclaimer: Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates

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  • Wow Really

    Snowden is a hero and America has totally gone crazy. We hunt the people telling the truth and we elect the people doing the lying. That is a fundamental problem within our society. Furthermore, what message does that send to future generations? I have to laugh at people that call Snowden a criminal. Fundamentally, how safe are you as a person when the people that run our government constantly lie? You are not safe and never will be safe. You are just a disposable person and one of many. A person that can be disposed of with a lie. Anyone can be disposed of in this nation — don’t think you are immune.

    These things have very real consequences. Turning a blind eye to the abuses of our government have generational consequences. The war on terror will never stop. Millions have died in the past 13 years since 9/11. Many of those people were completely innocent. Look at the birth defects and deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. Go look. Not one hijacker was from those countries. Not one. We are not even sure of what happened on 9/11 and the evidence is mounting daily that we have been utterly and completely lied to by our leaders. The truth movement is growing so large and it will not be stopped because it has merit. Very educated, experienced, and knowledgeable professionals are leading the movement. Pilots, architects, engineers, firefighters, and others are leading the charge. They are not conspiracy theorists. They are thinkers who are asking good questions. The truth movement gains people daily. In the end, we are all going to find out that we were lied to and we went to war over lies —- just like we have in the past. For that, all of us are guilty of murder. Me, you, and everyone else who let it happen.

    The truth matters more you will ever know. America is an idea. That is all it is. It is not a collection of states and a land mass. It is the fundamental idea that we value freedom, truth, justice, fairness, and every good value that exists. We have strayed from this notion. In fact, we have become corrupt, unfair, and unjust. We need to get back to the truth. It is our only hope. Snowden telling the truth is a start.

    • @Wow Really

      Anyone with an IQ above 50 and a pulse knows that 9/11 was an inside job. Like you said — the evidence is overwhelming. The Pentagon scenario is total unbelievable. A 60 ton plane, flown by amateurs who cant read English let alone operate the plane or remote control software, executed an 8G decent, then while going 450 knots, flying 6 feet off the ground, hit perfectly, leaves no lawn marks, leaves little debris, leaves only one engine that is not the right size, there are no pictures from he most secure building in the world, FBI agents arrive at the CITGO station across the street to take the cameras in under five minutes which proves they were already on site waiting, meanwhile many witness reported seeing a drone and another command plane — come on it is obvious we are being lied to.