Barry Eisler

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Edward Snowden is No Emmanuel Goldstein

If you haven't seen this extraordinary Edward Snowden presentation at TED, find a half hour and do it.  It's going to be a challenge for the oligarchy to turn someone this smart, articulate, charismatic, and obviously driven by conscience and ideals into the next Emmanuel Goldstein (count on the powers that be to keep trying, though).

Which is of course why various people like to opine that Snowden should return to the US where he could expect -- at best -- to be immediately muzzled (and probably much worse).  It's a hell of a lot harder to demonize someone whose humanity is so self-evident. See for yourself.

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