This isn’t civil disobedience, by the way: civil disobedience is when you tell the cops to go ahead and arrest you, the legal system to go ahead and convict you, and the government to go ahead and actually put you in jail. Civil disobedience is about doing what you think is right and accepting the consequences. Otherwise, it’s presumption, arrogance, and the arrogant presumption of privilege (literally: “private law”). Which is an excellent way to describe Ed Snowden, frankly. And Wikileaks, come to think of it.
No, what we have here instead is some good, old fashioned Lefty agitprop going on here:
The global cat-and-mouse hunt for Edward Snowden took a dramatic turn Sunday when the man wanted on U.S. espionage charges fled Hong Kong and may be in the air over Russia.
Snowden, who leaked top-secret details about U.S. surveillance programs, left Hong Kong on Sunday “through a lawful and normal channel,” the Hong Kong government said.
He took off with the help of WikiLeaks, which assisted with Snowden’s “political asylum in a democratic country, travel papers (and) safe exit from Hong Kong,” the group said on Twitter.
He’s gone to Russia. Russia, where they kill uppity journalists. Oh, I’m sure that Snowden isn’t planning to stay; he’ll no doubt end up somewhere that Barack Obama won’t dare send someone to collect him (which, these days, includes Lichtenstein). I just wonder whether Vladimir Putin has contemplated that while it’s always fun to push around a weak American President, the next one may have a bit of an issue with that…
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: Never trust content from Glenn Greenwald. Never trust content from Glenn Greenwald. NEVER. TRUST. CONTENT. FROM. GLENN. GREENWALD.
PPS: Russia is not our friend. Something to keep in the Save for 2017 file.