Who Were Snowden’s Collaborators?

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Super-Patriot Edward Snowden has shared the efforts of his espionage with China and Russia. But there are still unanswered questions about who helped him set events in motion.

Mr. Snowden took that position so he could arrange to have published classified communications intelligence, as he told the South China Morning Post earlier this month. The point of Mr. Snowden’s penetration was to get classified data from the NSA. He subsequently stated: “My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked, that is why I accepted that position.”

My question would be, then: Was he alone in this enterprise to misappropriate communications intelligence?

Before taking the job in Hawaii, Mr. Snowden was in contact with people who would later help arrange the publication of the material he purloined. Two of these individuals, filmmaker Laura Poitras and Guardian blogger Glenn Greenwald, were on the Board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation that, among other things, funds WikiLeaks.

Greenwald is a notorious supporter of terrorism who has perversely been embraced by some on the right because he attacks Obama for not appeasing terrorists hard enough.

On May 20, three months into his job, Mr. Snowden falsely claimed to his employer that he needed treatment for epilepsy. The purpose of the cover story was to conceal his trip to Hong Kong, where the operation to steal U.S. secrets would be brought to fruition.

Mr. Greenwald and Ms. Poitras also flew to Hong Kong. They were later joined by Sarah Harrison, a WikiLeaks representative who works closely with Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder. Mr. Snowden reportedly brought the misappropriated data to Hong Kong on four laptops and a thumb drive. He gave some of the communications intelligence to Mr. Greenwald, who had arranged to publish it in the Guardian, and Mr. Snowden arranged to have Ms. Poitras make a video of him issuing a statement that would be released on the Guardian’s website. Albert Ho, a Hong Kong lawyer, was retained to deal with Hong Kong authorities.

This orchestration did not occur in a vacuum. Airfares, hotel bills and other expenses over this period had to be paid. A safe house had to be secured in Hong Kong. Lawyers had to be retained, and safe passage to Moscow—a trip on which Mr. Snowden was accompanied by WikiLeaks’ Sarah Harrison—had to be organized.

  • Robert

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Either you are with the constitution or you are with the terrorists. Even Rush Limbaugh gets it: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/06/13/fascinating_call_from_telecom_exec

    • ziggy zoggy

      Obama is using the NSA to illegally gather intel on Americans so that he can punish dissidents. No doubt about it. That doesn’t change the fact that Snowden is a scum sucking traitor who has been blowing America’s enemies because he wants to make sure that no “future (Republican) Administration” can use the purloined data to start a war with islamopithecines (Bush lied, terrorists died.)
      Libertarians are almost as stupid and destructive as leftists. Stop defending that indefensible lowlife.

  • Adam

    Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, Sarah Harrison, and Julian Assange were all part of a conspiracy to commit espionage. What national security information is going to appear on Wikileaks. America is truly the laughing stock of the world. We are not only Osama’s weak horse, we are Obama’s weak donkey.

    • Conniption Fitz

      To Obama, America is a graying white male who is made to kneel at his feet and service him while paying his Islamist handlers for the privilege of doing so.