(JULY 8, 2013) Matrix: who is Edward Snowden?
This article is a compilation of a number of pieces Iâ€™ve written about Ed Snowden and the NSA. It doesnâ€™t replace them, but it hits the high points...
Let's begin here: If you absolutely must have a hero, watch Superman movies.
If your need for a hero is so great, so cloying, so heavy, so juicy that it swamps your curiosity, don't read this.
If you can't separate Snowden's minor revelations from the question of who he is, if you canâ€™t entertain the notion that covert ops and intelligence-agency games are reeking with cover stories, false trails, and limited hangouts, you need more fun in your life.
NSA? CIA? These guys live for high-level bullshit. They get down on their knees and worship it. They fall into a suicidal funk if they aren't lying on at least three or four levels at once.
Okay. Le'â€™s look at Snowden's brief history as reported by The Guardian. Are there any holes?
Is the Pope Catholic?
In 2003, at age 19, without a high school diploma, Snowden enlists in the Army.