The evidence indicates that the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden may be a Chinese agent.
From America’s Survival;
Read this interview with former CIA officer Robert Baer on CNN:
FREDRICKA WHITFIELD: And apparently he was formally a technical assistant for the CIA. He has been working for a defense contractor, one that has offices in Atlanta, Hawaii, as well as in Virginia. And he has apparently been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of one of those contractors. So, he clearly had access to this kind of information and reveals that he thought it was the right thing to do in which to reveal it. But that he chose Hong Kong to, in which to flee, to find safe haven, tells you what about maybe the support that he might be getting, about taking this information and publicizing it?
BAER: Well, here’s the problem, is that Hong Kong is controlled by Chinese intelligence. It’s not an independent part of China at all. You know, I’ve talked to a bunch of people in Washington today in official positions and they are looking at this as a potential Chinese espionage case. And I’m not saying this because I disagree or agree or believe it had enough prisms is necessarily a good thing or this whole program. It is simply that it was unwise of him to go to Hong Kong to do this.
On the face of it, it looks like it is under some sort of Chinese control, especially with the president meeting the premier today. You have to ask what’s going on. I mean, China is not a friendly country and every aspect of that country is controlled, so why Hong Kong? Why didn’t he go to Sweden? Or if he really wanted to make a statement, he should have done it on Capitol Hill. I’m, you know, we don’t know yet, but you can count on it the FBI and the CIA is looking at this now as potential counterintelligence problem.
WHITFIELD: And if indeed Hong Kong finding refuge there would make it very difficult for the United States to actually extradite him. Given that the president of the United States and the president of China have been meeting all weekend long, you have to wonder whether the dialogue is changing about how and which the U.S. would be able to get their hands on Edward Snowden, how they would be able to strike some sort of a chord or agreement so that the department of justice or other entities or agencies would be able to pursue him.
BAER: We’ll never get him from China. There is not a chance. He will disappear there. He won’t be able to go anywhere else. I can’t believe a TV interview was done there in Hong Kong without some sort of knowledge of the Chinese. They’re not about to send him to the United States and the CIA is not going to render him, as he said in the tape, is not going to try to grab him there. It is not going to happen.
It almost seems to me that this was a pointed affront to the United States on the day the president is meeting the Chinese leader, telling us, listen, quit complaining about espionage and getting on the internet and you know, our hacking. You are doing the same thing. I can see the Chinese doing that.
7 thoughts on “Is Edward Snowden a Chinese Agent?”
This who issue is enigmatic. However, it is quite an interesting viewpoint. It would be effective to review extant literature and factbooks to establish the true identity of Snowden. On a lighter note, the movies don’t do us justice.
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I agree with your assessment. Why he went to china I don’t know, but I do not believe for a minute he’s a chinese spy. They always try to make people look stupid or a spy or something to discredit what they report. I believe this kid is telling the truth and I hope he got away and is hiding. why would they be so bound to kill him if he wasn’t telling the truth and probably has more to tell.
Like Baer, we’re all entitled to our “opinions”. And, of course, on the list of suspicions should necessarily be the possibility that Snowden may have been a spy for the PRC.
But, having thrice listened to his interview with the Guardian, carefully watching his demeanor and manner of expression, I honestly could not detect anything nefarious. What I saw and heard was a genuinely bright, unaffected, remarkably composed and, yes, lonely American who thought he was doing the right thing for America. And until there is solid proof to the contrary, I will harbor that view.
So far, no one has come up with a profile, based upon a studious & in-depth analysis of his background, which would have suggested the makings of either a hero or a spy. But, what seems clear is that he DID attempt to bring the unconstitutional actions of the NSA to his superiors without any success whatsoever. And here’s the nub of my disagreement with Mr. Baer: why would a spy have run the risk of exposing himself as a “troublemaker” to his NSA superiors IF he were, in fact, a spy? Wouldn’t make sense to draw attention to himself.
My bet is that Snowden fled to HK because 1) it was geopgrahically closer to Hawaii than Iceland, and 2) the chances of PRC’s extraditing him to the US was practically minimal to nil.
As of this writing, Snowden is, apparently, nowhere to be found. Did he defect, or was he swept up by the PRC?
The stuff of novels, for sure. But, for me, the big concern is not whether Snowden was a spy, but whether or not “our” government here was/is spying on us. Which is worse? Hands down, I’d say the latter.