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Edward Snowden
Jun 11th, 2013 by Gao

Daniel Ellsberg: Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America (Guardian)

In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material – and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago. Snowden’s whistleblowing gives us the possibility to roll back a key part of what has amounted to an „executive coup“ against the US constitution. Since 9/11, there has been, at first secretly but increasingly openly, a revocation of the bill of rights for which this country fought over 200 years ago. In particular, the fourth and fifth amendments of the US constitution, which safeguard citizens from unwarranted intrusion by the government into their private lives, have been virtually suspended.

Mark Siemons: Die Tragik des Whistleblowers (FAZ)

Die Nachricht, dass der Whistleblower Edward Snowden, der das amerikanische Spitzelprogamm Prism aufdeckte, ausgerechnet in Hongkong Zuflucht sucht, hat China in größte Verwirrung gestürzt. „Was ist los mit der Welt?“, fasst ein Blogger die Stimmung zusammen: „Es ist auf einmal alles verkehrt herum“. … Tatsächlich hat Hongkong ein Auslieferungsabkommen mit den Vereinigten Staaten, doch wenn Snowden Asyl sucht und geltend machen kann, dass ihn in Amerika eine „grausame, unmenschliche oder herabwürdigende Behandlung oder Bestrafung“ erwartet, kann die Stadt seine Auslieferung ablehnen.

Spencer Ackerman: Snowden leak shines light on US intelligence agencies‘ use of contractors (Guardian)
Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, Laura Poitras: Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations (Guardian)

Snowden will go down in history as one of America’s most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. He is responsible for handing over material from one of the world’s most secretive organisations – the NSA. … On May 20, he boarded a flight to Hong Kong, where he has remained ever since. He chose the city because „they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent“, and because he believed that it was one of the few places in the world that both could and would resist the dictates of the US government.

Peter Lee: Edward Snowden and China (CounterPunch)
Peter Lee: Snowden and the three wise NSA whistleblowers (Asia Times)

Whistleblowing is a risky business. I expect that, as they planned their course of action over the four months, Edward Snowden and his main media minder, Glenn Greenwald, paid very close attention to what happened to three past whistleblowers who crossed the NSA. And looking at these three men gives an idea of the interests, principles and powers that are being contested beneath the superficially simple tale of a young analyst who fled to Hong Kong to tell the world about runaway US government surveillance.

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