Monday, June 3, 2019

"Something's Happening Here...What It Is Ain't Exactly Clear": Edward Snowden, Live from Russia

Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The contrast is stark.  Yet it completely escapes comment in the main$tream media.  I'm talking about the ability of fugitive CIA asset, computer technologist Edward Snowden to conduct a live broadcast to a group of university students in Halifax, Nova Scotia the other day.  Listen to his broadcast...he calls the "Five Eyes" countries (including Canada) a group of international "co-conspirators" and says a lot of other controversial stuff about rampant government surveillance of citizens.

How is this being allowed?  Why doesn't Russia, who took him in after he fled to the Moscow airport while being pursued by American "Intelligence", shut him down?  Russia said that Snowden was supposed to remain politically non-controversial after they granted him refugee status.  I don't call what he said during the Halifax broadcast non-controversial.  How come he's getting away with it?  Why is the Canadian government allowing him to speak to students?

We could spend dayz peeling away the layers of that onion skin conundrum, but I'm not going to.  I'm simply going to connect the dots between Snowden's freedom to speak out--with Julian Assange's potential silencing by torture/murder at the hands of UK authorities.  

What does it say about the Russian leadership versus the UK leadership that one truthteller is allowed an international platform to speak--while the other one is holed up in the hospital wing of a British jail...crying out for justice as we read his last statement here [thanks to Ed(itor) for the link]: 

“I am defenseless. I am unbroken, albeit literally surrounded by murderers, but, the days where I could read and speak and organize to defend myself, my ideals, and my people are over until I am free! Everyone else must take my place. The US government, or rather, those regrettable elements in it that hate truth, liberty and justice, want to cheat their way into my extradition and death, rather than letting the public hear the truth, for which I have won the highest awards in journalism and have been nominated 7 times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Truth, ultimately, is all we have.” –Julian Assange

What does the above contrasted situations [Snowden and Assange] say about the democratic values of the two nations?  What country is being the arch-hypocrite here?

What does it say about our western society, that most denizens of it are totally oblivious of the glaring hypocrisy?  Some people think that something is missing in the story about Assange...perhaps he's being given a new identity and is being sheltered somewhere.  Well, after what happened to Julia and Sergei Skripal, I hardly think so.  Where are they now?  Does anyone even ask or care?  They were just disappeared and that was the end of the story.  Is that what lies in wait for Assange?

The United Kingdom is becoming just like Saudi Arabia or any other closed, totalitarian state.  The right of the individual to freedom of speech... AND the right of the public to know what happened to the individual...have totally evaporated.  What has happened to Julian Assange makes Orwell's predictive novel, "1984", look like a child's nursery rhyme.  If only Julian could have, like Snowden, made it to the safety and freedom of the Moscow airport.

Buffalo Springfield
"For What It's Worth" - 1967

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