The latest twist in the USA vs. Russia narrative being pushed by media types without the benefit of having seen intelligence reports is that the Russian government is considering packing up Edward Snowden, he of stealing an NSA laptop and then publishing the classified information fame, and shipping him back to the United States with a big bow on the top. Why? Well, as a present to President Donald Trump, of course. According to intelligence sources with insider knowledge of the affair, there’s a reason for that: brown-nosing.
The Trump administration should be cautious in accepting any Snowden offer from Putin, said former deputy national security adviser Juan Zarate.
‘For Russia, this would be a win-win. They’ve already extracted what they needed from Edward Snowden in terms of information and they’ve certainly used him to beat the United States over the head in terms of its surveillance and cyber activity’, said Zarate.
‘It would signal warmer relations and some desire for greater cooperation with the new administration, but it would also no doubt stoke controversies and cases in the US around the role of surveillance, the role of the US intelligence community, and the future of privacy and civil liberties in an American context.
‘All of that would perhaps be music to the ears of Putin’.
Russian interference narrative aside, it could be that the Rooskies just don’t want to put up with the little twerp any more. If Snowden is sent back to the states, he faces charges of treason and decades in prison. That, though, is not Eddie-boy’s main concern. Oh, no. He took to Twitter to explain.
Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel. No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear they’re next. https://t.co/YONqZ1gYqm
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 10, 2017