You didn’t hear what Ed Snowden had to say about Hillary’s emails in the main stream media.
Nope. Not a word. After all, he’s a traitor. Donald Trump mentioned his name and the word “execution” in the same breath. So Ed Snowden has become he who is not to be named; or heard; or quoted.
You had to tune in to Al-Jezeera to hear what he had to say about Hillary’s emails.
Yup. I’ve gotta listen to Al-Jezeera to hear Ed Snowden. Pretty sad.
Now perhaps nobody on the planet knows more about intelligence protocol than Edward Snowden. Additionally, Edward Snowden isn’t part of a GOP conspiracy and has no incentive other than to illustrate a relevant viewpoint, when he addressed Clinton’s private emails and server. And no – he is not on the Fox News payroll.
In addition, the person weighing in on this topic is more than just an expert on intelligence and national security issues. Snowden is a whistleblower who fostered a national discussion about domestic spying. His actions weren’t treason, resulted in “needed transparency” and we’re having a national debate about civil liberties and the Bill of Rights because of his actions. In my opinion he should be allowed to come home.
Then again, what do I know? I’m just an old retired guy living in Florida who spent four years in the Army Security Agency, under the command of the NSA.
So what did Ed have to say?
“Edward Snowden blasted Hillary Clinton’s assertion that her State Department emails were secure on a private server, calling the notion “completely ridiculous” in excerpts of an interview with Al Jazeera English published Thursday.
“When the unclassified systems of the United States government, which has a full-time information security staff, regularly gets hacked, the idea that someone keeping a private server in the renovated bathroom of a server farm in Colorado, is more secure is completely ridiculous,” Snowden said, referring to the physical location of the server hosted by Denver-based Platte River Networks.”
Simply claiming something is legal doesn’t make it right, and Snowden goes on to say that if anyone acted like Clinton, “they would not only lose their jobs and lose their clearance, they would very likely face prosecution for it.”
“”This is a problem because anyone who has the clearances that the secretary of State has, or the director of any top level agency has, knows how classified information should be handled,” he said, according to excerpts of an Al Jazeera interview airing Friday.
“If an ordinary worker at the State Department or the Central Intelligence Agency … were sending details about the security of the embassies, which is alleged to be in her email, meetings with private government officials, foreign government officials and the statements that were made to them in confidence over unclassified email systems, they would not only lose their jobs and lose their clearance, they would very likely face prosecution for it,” he added.
In the New York Times this week: “Democratic leaders are increasingly frustrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s failure to put to rest questions about her State Department email practices.
Interviews with more than 75 Democratic governors, lawmakers, candidates and party members have laid bare a widespread bewilderment that Mrs. Clinton has allowed a cloud to settle over her candidacy — by using a private email server in the first place, since it was likely to raise questions about her judgment, and by not defusing those questions once and for all when the issue first emerged in March.”.
There seems to be a bizarre paradigm of thought among some Democrats that prevents any scandal associated with Hillary Clinton from being a part of debate or discussion.
We know that some Clinton supporters have no qualms about comparing Bernie Sanders to a Fox News socialist or even linking him to Hugo Chavez. The reality, however, is that other intelligence experts have come to the same conclusion as Snowden.
The smothering presence of Hillary Clinton prevents real debate and discussions on the issues that matter. In the end, whether we elect Hillary or any of the Republicans, we elect the same candidate on the issue of war and peace.
If Bernie Sanders can get to within striking distance of Clinton, without an official statement from the FBI about Clinton’s emails being a threat to national security, then imagine if Snowden is correct. And Bernie is within striking distance in Iowa and New Hampshire.
It’s time the progressive wing of the party buried the Clinton machine once and for all.