NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden answering* some of the “unmerrrrkan, traytor!” accusations that have been flying around in the usual reckless, unsupported, contra-factual and rabble-rousing way in the US media:
“This is a predictable smear that I anticipated before going public, as the US media has a knee-jerk “RED CHINA!” reaction to anything involving HK or the PRC, and is intended to distract from the issue of US government misconduct. Ask yourself: if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn’t I have flown directly into Beijing? I could be living in a palace petting a phoenix by now.”
What a conspiracy revelation. The US military-industrial-entertainment complex knows phoenixes are real and there’s a massive Sino-American phoenix-petting race that they don’t want the public to know about.
But seriously, if you’ve been obtaining any of your knowledge about Snowden and the US government appointing itself Big Brother from some American Ken and Barbie puppet show “news” programme, get some real and unbiased information about the subject from the horse’s (or phoenix’s) mouth because the situation is several different varieties of fucked up and Snowden has done the whole world a huge service by bringing it all out. He also created another great aphorism when he noted that suspicionless and universal surveillance taking place outside of the USA (as per the US government’s assurances) is still about 95% of the world and applies to any US citizen who ever sets foot outside the country, even if it seems at all sensible for anybody to believe that US citizens aren’t all under Big Brother’s all-seeing algorithmic eye as well.
* (during his live Q&A with The Guardian this afternoon)
Re: the image below, if you wish you may take it as indicative of the fact that I had far too much time on my hands this afternoon.