In Venezuela, Snowden Can Prepare For Life As A Pawn
Diplomacy: National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden seems to have taken Venezuela’s asylum offer, an odd choice for a man supposedly motivated by a desire for transparency. He should prepare for life as a pawn.
U.S. surveillance is “not something I am willing to live under,” Snowden told the U.K. Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, in a story published Monday, condemning yet again the NSA, whose operations, he claims, motivated him to hack into its computers, steal U.S. secrets, leak them to the press, and then flee a $100,000-a-year job and a pole-dancing girlfriend on the island paradise of Hawaii for a life on the lam.
His whining to Greenwald now has a hollow ring, assuming he can exit the Moscow airport transit lounge where he is marooned with a cancelled passport, because Venezuela is far, far worse.
Venezuela, contrary to its claims of sovereignty, is a nation run by totalitarian Cuba’s security organs, a sort of zombie state under the same goons who keep watch over ordinary Cubans in the crudest surveillance this side of North Korea.
Phone lines are tapped and listened to, neighbors spy on neighbors, and Cuban security men have been known for tactics such as invading homes (including those of U.S. diplomats in Havana), and leaving urine in their mouthwash as a kind of communist calling card.
In that kind of security state, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Snowden will do as he’s told.
The Cubans will shake every secret they can out of him, for one, and package them up and ship them to their allies, such as Iran. Never mind transparency.
Snowden says he has more secrets lying around, should anything happen to him. The Cubans will demand those — while turning him into a propaganda tool, just as the former CIA renegade Philip Agee and Venezuelan shill Eva Golinger were.
He may also be called upon to teach Cuba’s goons the latest in computer hacking techniques.
It’s no exaggeration to say every lever of Venezuelan government power is a Cuban operation now. “Venezuela has two presidents” and “one government,” as the late President Hugo Chavez declared.
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