Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper to sh76
In my eyes when he makes outlandish hyperbolic statements like that, he loses credibility. Unfortunately everyone seems to be taking everything he says as the word of God. Even so-called "whistle blowers" could have ulterior motives. They could be outright lying or exaggerating, or they could just be plain wrong on some things. I'm not sayi ...[text shortened]... me employee of a private contractor claims to know so much about how the entire NSA operates.
"...but their claims have to be scrutinized just like anybody.
I have yet to see Snowden take a hardball question."
Did you (USArmyParatrooper) read all questions asked by Guardian readers?
I have some knowledge of how a major newspaper operates in these cases.
While the judgment of the Guardian's editors and writers is not perfect--no
one has perfect judgment--you (USArmyParatrooper) would be quite wrong
if you assume that Glenn Greenwald began writing his articles after
coming into communication with just *anyone* who claimed to have secret
knowledge of the NSA. The 'Guardian' is not that naive or irresponsible
(and it's not owned by Rupert Murdoch). As far as it could, the 'Guardian'
did its 'due diligence' and attempted to corroborate what Edward Snowden
revealed. Evidently, the 'Guardian' has found Edward Snowden credible
enough to be well worth publishing. Should one believe all that Edward
Snowden claims? Not necessarily, and one should not believe all that the
US government--which has a long-established record of lying--claims.
As far as I know, I note that the US government (or its many supporters
in the US media) has not proven that Edward Snowden has been lying.
Instead, there has been a campaign of apparent 'character assassination'
against Edward Snowden in the US media. Like the rest of us, Edward
Snowden might not be a saint (perhaps he has unpaid parking tickets or
he deceived his girlfriend). I note that some writers here (beginning with
Moon1969), who don't know Edward Snowden and presumably have no
qualifications to make clinical psychological assessments, have been
jumping to their conclusions about his alleged psychological make-up.
I prefer to reserve my judgement about Edward Snowden as a man.
By the way, I strongly oppose US imperialism and militarism, and to the
extent that Edward Snowden can help us in the struggle against it, I
approve of what he has been doing. I am aware that most of the usual
flag-waving 'patriotic' Americans, 'conservative' or 'liberal', in this forum
hate Edward Snowden and hope that he will rot in prison or burn in Hell.
These Americans may continue to insult Edward Snowden, but that does
not prove that he's lying or that the US government must be right. And
Edward Snowden seems to have gained much sympathy among the people
of Hong Kong, his new home.