The heroic aura surrounding the once-anonymous NSA contractor who leaked details of the U.S. government’s PRISM program though contacts at the Guardian and Washington Post faded quickly once Edward Snowden went public from his hiding place in Hong Kong. From there, Snowden embarked on his “grand tour of U.S. adversaries” while the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald faced escalating criticism of his reporting on PRISM. Snowden might now to some be nothing more than a whining, sniveling punk ass traitor, but Greenwald is not accepting criticism of his source, including suggestions that Snowden’s self-pitying Wikileaks statement was written for him.

Well, then. Snowden fatigue looks like it’s contagious.

He was previously Vice President for Peace and Stability Operations at USIP, where he led its peacebuilding work in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Balkans and served as Executive Director of the Hamilton/Baker Iraq Study Group. Serwer has worked on preventing interethnic and sectarian conflict in Iraq and has facilitated dialogue between Serbs and Albanians in the Balkans.

He was a minister-counselor at the Department of State, serving from 1994 to 1996 as U.S. special envoy and coordinator for the Bosnian Federation, mediating between Croats and Muslims and negotiating the first agreement reached at the Dayton peace talks.

It’s clear Serwer is no Edward Snowden, but who is?

  • copperpeony

    I’m sitting back and watching things unfold. I know Greenwald is a muslim, terrorist, loving extremist. Why would Snowden choose him to expose the story? Too many things need to be explained before I come to a conclusion.

    • Ben Bollman

      Greenwald and Snowden are both huge douchebags, Snowden for the general way he has handled this situation and Greenwald for basically being himself. That said, unless Snowden is giving away intelligence to other countries he hasn’t done anything traitorous by exposing a process that violates the rights of citizens.

      • bossmanham

        What exactly has Snowden done besides trying not to get extradited?

        • Ben Bollman

          He didn’t go through the proper legal channels for whistle-blowing by running to the press and now he is making a big spectacle of him running from extradition. He is acting like he cares more about attention and fame than the actual information he disseminated. I don’t trust his motives and at the very least he has handled it poorly. But on the same token I think all the politicians who are calling him a traitor are exposing themselves as part of the problem. One thing is for certain though, too much time has been spent on him and not on Obama.

  • Ben Bollman

    Looks like Greenwald will be dining on a certain dark-colored fowl tonight….

    • Ben Bollman

      Apparently we have some Greenwald fans here on Twitchy although 90% of the time he is a lefty prick.

  • Steve_J

    I have no time for Snowden or Greenwald but how successful has Serwer been? There are still many U N peacekeepers in the Balkans and Bosnia, the peacbuilding in Afghanistan and Sudan don’t seem to have worked out. This is not meant to be a snarky comment rather a serious question.

  • BoldFreshJew ⊕

    Logical conclusion about why Ron Paul supporter Snowden chose Glenn Greenwald:

    1) Snowden ruled out FNC for obvious reasons.

    2) All other American MSM agencies have twisted [incestuous] ties to Washington.

    3) Though the Guardian is a UK newspaper, it’s widely read by Americans.

    4) Greenwald, a ‘pro-civil liberties’ Leftist, lives outside the USA.

    Let us always remember it is Obama’s STASI-esque perversion of the Patriot Act [& FISA court] that is the real – true – issue here. Neither Snowden nor Greenwald are responsible for regime Obama’s Surveillance State. It could be argued they are by-products, in a sense. Don Barack Hussein Obama and Mob Members BUILT a Culture of Intimidation. The responsibility for world-wide 1984 sits squarely on the shoulders of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, DC. And, all involved in this Big Brother reality must be held accountable for governmental tyranny.

    • Txgirlinnh

      I’m on the fence about Snowden, not enough info yet. However, in terms of the giant thorn he has become in Obama’s ‘most transparent’ side I kind of want to lean to ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’ side of the issue.

  • Minicapt

    “Glenn Greenwald has had two books on the New York Times Bestseller List, and his blog has been quoted on the floor of the United States Senate.”


  • keyboard jockey

    I wonder if Tom Hanks will play Edward Snowden in the sequel to “Terminal”. This time stuck in Moscow airport.

  • keyboard jockey

    I wonder if Tom Hanks will play Edward Snowden in the sequel to “Terminal”. This time stuck in Moscow airport.

  • bruce lancaster

    There’s a real tone from twitchy that they are somehow unhappy with Snowden. It doesn’t happen all that often, but they’re really on the wrong side of this one. I can’t believe I’d ever have to say it, but it sure looks like the ACLU has this one right and Michelle Malkin has it wrong. – As to Snowden looking for help from “US Adversaries”, uhhhhhh… well…. duh. Where else can he look?

    • Stone Bryson

      I’ve made this point before, asking the question “where the hell was he supposed to go?” right here on this site… but Twitchy continues to side with the NSA, both in spirit and in tone.

  • TocksNedlog

    The Gleens is NEVER to be trusted.
    That said, the real story here remains the NSA in effect spying on all of us, and NOT Snowden.

  • NetStoopid

    Ok, Snowden and Greenwald are assholes. Can we now address the government that is crapping all over our Constitution? How about that? Let the politicians worry about the international political implications. We should be worried about our domestic civil rights!

  • brando

    If Snowden is a traitor, then the following is true: The government is 100% right, the Founding Fathers were traitors too, security is more important than liberty, Whistle-blowing should be non existent.

  • Bumr50

    If Snowden’s your issue, you’ve missed the point.

    • Spiny Norman

      Couldn’t agree more!

  • j p

    It is sad to see how successfully the machine has engaged to sweep the whole issue of our rights to privacy under the rug with lines like, “We all already knew about all of this.” What me worry?