A Sturdy Back-Up Plan

As I’m sure any well-informed US citizen is already well aware, the verdict of the circus that has been the George Zimmerman trial was announced over the weekend, overshadowing any developments in the Edward Snowden case within mainstream media outlets. Between the not guilty verdict and the protests that have erupted all over the country in reaction to it, any Snowden story that occurred was not brought to the attention of the public. With that said, there were only minor details released to the public since we last spoke, but let’s bring you back up to speed.

On Friday, Edward Snowden called a meeting at the transit zone in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, his current holding location, in which he admitted that he needed help in plotting and executing the next steps of his plan to seek freedom and liberation from the US government. According to New York Magazine, Snowden met with officials from organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Transparency International.  At this meeting, Snowden announced his plan to seek temporary asylum in Russia while he attempts to establish his route to Latin America. In a formal statement issued through Wikileaks, Snowden says, “Accordingly, I ask for your assistance in requesting guarantees of safe passage from the relevant nations in securing my travel to Latin America, as well as requesting asylum in Russia until such time as these states accede to law and my legal travel is permitted. I will be submitting my request to Russia today, and hope it will be accepted favorably.”

Meanwhile, Putin announced that the status of Edward Snowden’s request for temporary asylum remains “unclear”, according to ABC News. In a public statement issued only two hours ago, Putin makes it clear once again that Russia has nothing to do with Snowden or his plans, yet he is welcome to stay so long as he doesn’t leak anymore information regarding the NSA during his time spent there. Putin also joke with students that Snowden is like a “Christmas gift” who is temporarily being held in Moscow while on its way to its final destination. I can bet money on the fact that US officials were not pleased with that comment.

In an even more interesting twist, Edward Snowden has revealed to The Guardian journalist, Glen Greenwald, that he has top secret “NSA blueprints” that he has yet to release and is holding onto, you know, just in case. What may you ask is this “just in case” scenario? Well, according to New York Magazine’s report on Glen Greenwald’s piece to the Associated Press, “It’s really just a way to protect himself against extremely rogue behavior on the part of the United States, by which I mean violent actions toward him, designed to end his life, and it’s just a way to ensure that nobody feels incentivized to do that.” It is a relief to see that Snowden has something resembling a sturdy back-up plan in place. I was a bit worried that between the media attention and the quest for asylum, that he failed to set up a  contingency plan for himself. In a brief description, Glen Greenwald states, Those blueprints would allow somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does, which would in turn allow them to evade that surveillance or replicate it.” Snowden has no plan to currently release these blueprints to the public but should the USA take action against him in a harmful or lethal manner, then these blueprint could be released to the public. I hope that the NSA takes this threat seriously. If these blueprints fell into the wrong hands, it could put our entire nation in danger. In an upcoming post, I will approach the argument of Snowden as a patriot vs. a traitor. If these blueprints are released, I fear that his status in the eyes of other citizens will change for the worse.