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NSA Secrets Leaker Edward Snowden Has Leftist Latin Friends

NSA Secrets Leaker Edward Snowden Has Leftist Latin Friends

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Top-Secrets Leaker Snowden and Leftist Amigos in Latin America
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Published by: Jerry E. Brewer, Sr. on Jul 15, 2013
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Column 071513 Brewer 
 
Monday, July 15, 2013
 
Top-Secrets Leaker Snowden and Leftistmigos in Latin America
 
By Jerry Brewer
 
It is no secret that virtually all governments havetheir fair share of whistle blowers exposing perceivedand actual abuses of government. As well, one of thehallmarks of their shouts and ultimate exposures is
“freedom of speech.”et isn’t it ironic how many of those self 
-servinginformants rush to seek the protection or asylum of those leftist rulers and governments that repressspeech and hinder free thought? This whendemocratic institutions wish to legally and openly announce and address their perceived violations of the rule or law?
 
New generations throughout the world are crying outfor peace, freedom, technology, food and other Western comforts. This, in fact, is certainly athreat to these autocratic and leftist officials who willlive or die politically, or literally, depending upon thestrength and security of their own regimes. Much of their ideology is spun rhetoric, with their primary mission
to acquire power and stay there.
 
In the case of Edward Joseph Snowden, the formertechnical contractor for the United States NationalSecurity Agency (NSA) and a former employee of theCentral Intelligence Agency, who is reported to haveleaked details of several top-secret U.S. and Britishgovernment mass surveillance programs to themedia, many of the hard core leftist authoritarianshave exposed their own sinister double-standardunderbellies.Snowden had a reported first choice list of around 20countries where he would rather locate than face thegovernment that is entitled to investigate and bring
 
charges for suspected betrayals that could possibly endanger citizens of the U.S. and other free nations.
 
 Although Snowden's first choice to run afterdeparting Hong Kong was Russia, his apparentremaining options are now the nations of Venezuela,Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Ecuador, all in the Americas. Moreover, some of the leaders of thesecountries have called Snowden a hero. This as, overthe decades, many others from those nations
whohave been described in democratically principlednations as heroes
have been shot to death withouta trial.
 
On June 14, 2013, U.S. federal prosecutors chargedSnowden with espionage and theft of governmentproperty. With Snowden remaining on Russian turf, within theconfines of a mile-
long "transit" area of Moscow’s
Sheremetyevo Airport, Russian Vladimir Putin hascoyly said that if Snowden wanted to be grantedasylum in Russia, Snowden would have to "stop his work ai
med at harming our American partners.”
This trail of Snowden, from China to Russia, has what appears to be the remaining dregs available that wish to grant, or continue to consider their options,for Snowden, while closely monitoring a worldaudience scrutinizing the process. Venezuela, Cuba,Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Ecuador are kicking thisdecision around like a world cup soccer ball with noclear shot at the goal.
 
Of the most vociferous critics of the U.S., Venezuela’s
new President Nicolas Maduro and BolivianPresident Evo Morales, Maduro, the protégé of deceased President Hugo Chavez, was quick to judgeSnowden stating, "I think we should do something
for him….”
 
He went on say, “we are not afraid of any kind of empires. I don’t know how many people can
hear mein this studio, but there is no empire that canintimidate us."Bolivian President Evo Morales said he would grantasylum to Snowden if requested.
Cuba’s President
Raul Castro expressed his support for those Latin
 
 American allies “that might take
 
in” Snowden.
President Rafael Correa of Ecuador was quick to offerSnowden a temporary travel document, but later withdrew it saying the decision to issue the travelpermit was a mistake.
 
The curious but clear message between Cuba and Venezuela in reference to the perceived innocence of Snowden in exposing state secrets is one of utterdeception. Hugo Chavez, a self-proclaimed protégé of Fidel Castro, adopted the previous Soviet-styledruthless Cuban intelligence service as his model for Venezuela's security service, while utilizing Cubanintelligence counterparts and advisors as his primary sources on security and intelligence. Moreover,resisting U.S. drug and terrorism interdictionthroughout South America had been a busy agenda of Chavez.Cuba trained thousands of communist guerrillas andterrorists, and sponsored violent acts of aggressionand subversion in most democratic nations of thesouthwestern hemisphere. U.S. government studies within the intelligence community documented atotal of 3,043 international terrorist incidents in thedecade of 1968 to 1978. Within that study, "over 25percent occurred in Latin America."
 
One can say that most of the threats to thishemisphere are now via an enemy that does not weara uniform, nor carry or display a flag; by combatantsknown for their expertise, superior armaments,ambitious attacks against the military, police andcivilians, as well as their ruthlessness.So, while the business of espionage is alive and well, battle lines are becoming increasingly invisible due toa hidden and shadowy enemy virtually attacking fromsmall cellular transnational criminal enclaves. Thesethreats require extreme vigilance, and strategic andactionable intelligence gathering, from all freenations that seek to protect their homelands.
 
Moreover, those tasked to gather, process, analyzeand/or protect this information for theirgovernments must be of the highest integrity.
 
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