Snowden fans fear ‘smear campaign’ against asylum-granting Venezuela, Nicaragua

After approaching more than 20 countries, NSA leaker Edward Snowden has at last found a nation willing to grant him political asylum. The presidents of Venezuela and Nicaragua today announced that Snowden would be welcomed in their countries. Many couldn’t help but notice that Snowden, a critic of U.S. government surveillance, was apparently headed from Russia to a nation that only recently cracked down on Internet speech that “challenges legally established authorities” and “promotes unrest in the population.”

Nicaragua and Venezuela might have their own human rights challenges, but Snowden’s contact at the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald, was quick to point out that the United States isn’t perfect either. Did you know that President Obama called King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in 2010?

Others, including left-of-Left actor John Cusack, are anticipating the United States government to ramp up its “smear campaign” of Venezuela and Nicaragua to make hero Snowden appear as a sell-out willing to compromise his principles.

But …

Only time will tell how Snowden adjusts to his new life in Central America and the freedoms it affords.

  • Rikkilulu

    Nicaragua and Venezuela don’t need to be “smeared” by others. They do a pretty good job themselves.

    • thetreyman

      off topic but you wont believe this story at reason.com

      http://reason.com/blog/2013/07/05/nevada-family-says-police-occupation-vio

      edit: seriously! no one wants to hear about a guy jailed because he wouldn’t give his house over to the police for a stake out on one of his neighbors?

      • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

        What are you talking about? I saw this story yesterday. Maybe it’s some whackjob website you’ve got there that nobody wants to visit.

        • thetreyman

          you’ve never heard of reason.com or reason magazine? if you ever watch red eye they have a few people that work there on regularly.

  • Rikkilulu

    Nicaragua and Venezuela don’t need to be “smeared” by others. They do a pretty good job themselves.

  • The Penguin

    Firstly… John, are you drunk or high? Secondly, this kill the messenger BS is a load of sh*t. What is being leaked out is the issue. Hopefully other gov’ts will call b*llshit and hold the US accountable. Because we won’t.

  • The Penguin

    Firstly… John, are you drunk or high? Secondly, this kill the messenger BS is a load of sh*t. What is being leaked out is the issue. Hopefully other gov’ts will call b*llshit and hold the US accountable. Because we won’t.

  • RememberSekhmet

    Yeah, and when we find out years later they broke out bamboo slats to shove under his fingernails, in order to extract from him far more than he planned, you naive fools will just shrug and say, “oops.”

    • Richard Wayne

      Are you talking about our government or the anti-US governments?

      • Ntr

        Aren’t those two one in the same these days?

      • RememberSekhmet

        I’m talking about places like Nicaragua, Venezuela, Russia, and China. Naive kids like Snowden are beginning to realize that places unlikely to extradite him are also likely to squeeze out of him far more than he ever planned to disclose.

  • RememberSekhmet

    Yeah, and when we find out years later they broke out bamboo slats to shove under his fingernails, in order to extract from him far more than he planned, you naive fools will just shrug and say, “oops.”

  • stevearizona

    He’s making a mockery of Obama & his administration And they deserve it. Spying on its own citizens without just cause? Flying drones over American neighborhoods? Using the IRS to punish people? Our Founding Fathers fought a revolution to get away from a government that was just like that.

  • stevearizona

    He’s making a mockery of Obama & his administration And they deserve it. Spying on its own citizens without just cause? Flying drones over American neighborhoods? Using the IRS to punish people? Our Founding Fathers fought a revolution to get away from a government that was just like that.

  • HWarrior13

    I know I’m going to get clobbered….but I have to say:
    RUN, Snowden….RUN!
    (Now, down arrows me @ 50 paces until I’m dead 😉

    • Richard Wayne

      I think many readers of twitchy agree with you. Perhaps not the editors of twitchy though. :)

      • Elilla Shadowheart

        Agreed. It seems like this is one issue where Obama has kept at least two promises. Being the most “in touch president” in history. And uniting bot the left and right on an issue. And all he had to do was take a leak on every, and the constitution and the bill of rights to do it.

    • tjp77

      Snowden is becoming less sympathetic by the minute.

      I agree entirely that we absolutely SHOULD have known what he leaked, and he DID do the right thing by leaking it (unlike Bradley Manning, who was just an idiot looking for attention).

      HOWEVER, what did he expect to happen afterwards? What does ANYONE expect? A ticker-tape parade? Immunity from prosecution? Nope, sorry, that’s not how things work.

      Regardless of how necessary it was for Snowden to do what he did, the fact remains that he BROKE THE LAW. He absolutely must be prosecuted, otherwise our laws are utterly meaningless. During his trial he will get a chance to tell his side of the story, and if he is persuasive enough he will be found innocent, or perhaps even pardoned after his conviction (personally I wanted to see him tried, convicted and then pardoned ).

      It’s not easy being a whistleblower, nor should it be. It comes with a heavy personal price. Snowden running to the worst authoritarian governments in the world to escape trial in the United States just reeks of hypocrisy and makes him seem far more like yet another egotistical attention whore and much less the noble whistleblower.

      If he actually cared about the United States and its laws (which was his entire reason for leaking about the surveillance program, according to him), he’d come back here and respect the law himself.

      • WisconsinPatriot

        Well said.

      • DaMello

        I agree, and well said. However, he would have to face the Obama Admin and not our respected laws if he returned. It would be a witch hunt not a trial.

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          That is speculation, Snowden could have gone through the legal channels and contacted guys like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz who would have gladly helped him out. But no, instead he runs off to Hong Kong and gets a lefty foreign reporter to tell his story so now it is off the record and Obama will not be held accountable for it. I am all for doing the right thing when it comes to citizens and holding the government accountable, but the way he handled it made it about him instead of the government.

      • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

        I wholeheartedly agree and people are missing the fact that there are legal ways to whistle-blow. If he actually cared he would come back and testify regardless of the punishment instead of gallivanting around the planet looking for worse governments to hide in. And on the same token if Washington actually cared they would grant him immunity and let him testify.

  • GrindingMills

    Snowden going to Venezuela, after Russia and Hong Kong (China), leaves a really bad taste in my mouth. Unfortunately, I really don’t trust this guy anymore.

  • RememberSekhmet

    I think Snowden thought he could hide out in Hong Kong in the short term, then find in the long term a country that would be unfriendly to US interests enough not to extradite him, but not so unfriendly that they would squeeze him for far more than he planned on disclosing. After all, if AmeriKKKan interests are sooooo eeeevil, there should be plenty of places willing to take him without subjecting him to bamboo slats under the nails, riiight? Far too late, he is discovering such a place does not actually exist. The Anti-Americanism of moderate states like France, Iceland, or Ecuador is nothing but a pose for their own low-info voters. Which leaves the thugocracies.

    • Stephen Speck

      I think I could just about buy that. If he sincerely just wanted to blow the lid off an abuse of power, but found himself over his head, I could see him coming to realize he can’t just hide out in a 1st world country, and he might not have a safe place to turn if in his own mind he’s worried the US government might try to kill him. I’m not saying I trust the guy, but it at least sounds plausible as a thought process. The people worried about a “smear campaign” against Venezuela don’t see property confiscation and killing political opposition for the “proletariat” as a human rights abuse.

  • Maddy Ferguson

    There is only one thing that the Left likes more than constantly being lied to by Obama and his administration – hating Sarah Palin for no good reason.

  • BorderLine Guy

    He’ll love it there. He’ll be a hero, right about to the point he realizes he’s a PR pawn.

  • floridavet

    So, Snowden is considering giving up the freedoms he enjoys (well, used to anyway) in this country, and possibly trade that in for asylum in…Venezuela? This boy isn’t really very smart, is he? If he accepts asylum in Venezuela, than he will have become nothing more than a pawn on the international chessboard. Is Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro is that much of a humanitarian…hmm…I don’t think so.

  • michael s

    typical reversal of standards but people who claim to be anti socialist anti communist. attack danny glover for visiting venezuela, however support a person( a high school failure college failure military washout but benefit of privilege and you know what privilege he benefits from) who described his actions as purposeful disruption. Seeing Snowden’s picture just proves why the support is provided.

    • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

      WTF are you even talking about? Put down the bong and step away from the internet, arsehole.

      • waltzingmtilda

        step away from the internet…LOL…I’m sooo stealing that.

    • NRPax

      It must really be tough hating white people so much. Have you ever thought about relocating to a more monochrome country where you wouldn’t have to deal with us?

  • Josh Kingsley

    I thought the world was supposed to love America now that evil Bush is gone and our Lord and Savior Obama is president. At least that’s what the liberals said.

    • ObamaFail

      Liberals get upset anytime someone refuses to drop to their knees or bend over for the mighty golfer-in-chief.

  • John

    Smearing Nicaragua & Venezuela? I’m afraid that excrement has already left the…oh never mind.