“Courage finally”: Glenn tweets reaction to NSA whistleblower reveal

The Guardian revealed the identity of the most influential whistleblowers in political history  today. Edward Snowden, a 29 year old former CIA worker and defense contractor employee, asked the paper to reveal his identity because he has “no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong.”

The Guardian revealed details on Snowden’s story:

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.

The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” he said.

Snowden will go down in history as one of America’s most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. He is responsible for handing over material from one of the world’s most secretive organisations – the NSA.

In a note accompanying the first set of documents he provided, he wrote: “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions,” but “I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.”

After reading the story, Glenn took to Twitter to tweet his first reactions:

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts exactly..!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stan.howard.798 Stan Howard

    Going to Hong Kong was brilliant strategy.   It is the one place where he will not be assassinated so easily.   China is watching now.  This was a strategic chess move by this young man.  Is there a security issue here with China?  You bet and its one that should cause the knee jerk Clapperites to pause in their response to this.    They better listen to the message and not just shoot the messenger. The essence of this discussion is NOT National Security, it IS Civil Liberties and Mr. Snowden and Clapper know it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stan.howard.798 Stan Howard

    Snowden is grabbing a “lever” by being in Hong Kong and that “lever” is needed to move a BIG rock.

  • landofaahs

    Any exposure to the corrupt administration of Obama is a God send.  The muslim Obama by his own admission is anti-American and guilty of treason.  Plus he is a Trojan horse to destroy our economy, evidenced by the miserable economy.  But he did say he was a muslim when he said “My muslim faith” on television for all to see.

  • David Govett

    An American patriot would return to the U.S. and press the matter here.
    A mere spy would pontificate from abroad.

  • Anonymous

    NYC has not had a Ticker Tape in a long time I would love to go to one for Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden True American  Heroes

  • Anonymous

    Obama is not a Muslim and if he were so what ? I thought we had freedom of religion or does that freedom only apply to christians ? The Economy is going up as is jobs unless the only news you watch is FOX we make it up and you fools believe it News

  • Bonnie Somer

    YES ITS ABOUT CIVIL LIBERTIES CLAPPER LIED THE ENTIRE ADMIN AND HIS CZARS R A LIE THEY R ALL ANTI AMERICA AND S POWER ANTI ISRAEL THAT IS Y SHE IS THE NEW UN AMBASSADOR.  OH THE UN WE NEED TO RID THIS COUNTRY OF IT

  • TWF

     In the past, yes. Not when the current administration is prepared to make him disappear forever.

  • John

     Garak, i understand your knee-jerk defense of Obama as you are a liberal, but if he were a Muslim, he would be a liar at least and a conspirator for the Muslim Brotherhood at worst.

  • Renaissance_nerd

    For once I agree with you Glenn… This man right or wrong is an inspiration. He saw what he perceived as wrong and did something about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/megan.calamari.50 Megan Calamari

    it does matter because Obama has lied about everything and you don’t have to be a certain party to know this. and no jobs are not getting better and as far as your negative remark about fox they are the best ones for getting real stories out there say all you want but they will never hide the real news or ask dumb ask questions like the idiots on the left…  and as far as freedom of religion we use to unto Obama became king he certainly is no leader.

  • http://www.facebook.com/megan.calamari.50 Megan Calamari

    Oh correction use to Obama became king he certainly is no leader

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottfeich Scott Feichtinger

    And Obama has promised to prosecute him. It is this administration and the intelligence community that needs to be prosecuted. They say it is done to protect us from terrorrists, it seems the only protection we need is from our own government. What did Ronald Reagan say? “The scariest words in the world are Im from the government and Im here to help”

  • Anonymous

    Apparently garak99 you only watch your trust liberal sources of lies and decit. You might actually want to check the “Employment” rate of adults. At 58.6% that is the lowest rate of adults employed in this country in over 30 years.
    http://money.cnn.com/2013/06/06/news/economy/employment-rate/index.html?iid=Lead

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  • phearly

     I don’t watch fox news, yet I STILL KNOW that the economy is in the toilet. How do you square that garak99? All I have to do is look at the continually-rising gas prices down the street & the food prices in the stores and compare them with what I know they were prior to ol’ barry. Don’t be fooled into thinking the good showing of the stock market equals  a “going up” economy…the govt. is artificially propping it up by printing money with which it then buys securities on the market.

  • Anonymous

    American Jobs Act (thousands of jobs) voted “No” by Republicans Infrastructure Improvement (bridges, tunnels, rail, airports) Voted “No” by Republicans “We can’t afford it” How many jobs is that ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679583695 Judy Davis

    He is a muslim , he has said so himself. the problem with him being  a muslim and a president of a christian nation arises when he protects , defends, and gives our tax money  to his muslim brotherhood to conintue their bloody march across africa  and other countries  setting up muslim rule and killing christians  if you want to keep your head attached to your body you need to wake up , because when he brings the muslims in to control america you will convert to muslism or have your heady cut off , if you weren’ so blinded by the ” SHINING ONE” YOU WOULD SEE THAT HAPPENING ALL OVER THE WORLD AND JUST WAITING TO COME TO AMERICA, you liberals are as much to blame for the destructiion of america as obama 

  • Anonymous

    Judy- First Off we are NOT a “Christian Nation” that is why we have a Separation of “Church and State” I do not want the Government coming in to my Catholic Church anymore than I want a Priest, Minister, Rabbi or Imam coming into my City Hall , State House or Congress. Google Obama and Christian you can find a dozen clips of him saying “I am a Christian”  “when he brings the muslims in to control america you will convert to muslism or have your heady cut off ” Do you have any idea just how stupid that sounds Wait I should not say that maybe you work for Alex Jones or Rush Limbaugh 2 Nut Cases 

  • Anonymous

    Take over the oil companies nationalize them Gas at $1.95 per gallon

  • OK

     We have had more than 1 Trillion Dollars Stimulus for your so important “Jobs Act” and your precious liberal “bridges, tunnels, rail, and airports” and looked what happened, I-5 bridge collapsed in the State of Washington.

    I know you don’t you get it, but Gov’t doesn’t create jobs and it doesn’t fix problems.  If it did, they couldn’t convince a silly liberal like you that they need more money and power. 

    The more Gov’t tries, the more harm that is done.  Thus the number of American Employed is THE LOWEST ITS BEEN IN 30 YEARS!.  Hint Hint. 

  • OK

     Idiot

  • Anonymous

    This is the kind of guy that should be President.

  • Anonymous

     The Separation of Church and State is NOT in ANY of the bill of Rights, it was a comment made by Thomas Jefferson in a letter, and it has been taken out of context, the founding fathers, did not want a NATIONAL church which over saw the government like in England at the time, or in Iran now and other Muslim countries…We ARE a Christian Nation, why do you think they mentioned God in the Constitution so many times…Obama an his minions are trying so desperately to get this nations founding principles thrown out, hence the attack on the 1sr amendment, 2nd amendment and now the 4th amendment…Please study REAL US history and not what you learn on the news, whatever channel you watch…also take what you hear and do your OWN research on the matter, not what a bunch of pundits say…

  • Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Goldstein

    We should elect this guy as president in 2016.

  • Anonymous

    Why is everyone so shocked . I have always thought this was a done deal. With todays issues and post 911 . do you really think we are in fantasy land?

  • jimbobjoe

     you liberals have all the answers to lifes mysterious questions. Think you know everything including the golden ratio.

  • Anonymous

    there is no mention of god in the constitution..

    http://constitutionus.com/ 

  • Anonymous

    Why did Mr. Snowden “escape” to China?

  • Anonymous

    First you speak of religious freedom and how one’s religious faith should not matter, then you claim you do not want anyone with a religious belief involved in government???  What, should only atheists run government?  I think you are a bit confused and pay too close attention to your own radical left wing talkers than think for yourself.

  • Anonymous

     Your ignorance is unfathomable.

  • Anonymous

     Why did he “escape” to China?  What hero runs to the enemy for cover?

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.e.jenkins.9 John E. Jenkins

     The nature of the design is for the stock market to rise, the middle class to evaporate, and the masses to become dependent on the government. Your first clue should be ObamaCare and the stellar rise of the welfare state. Do not think that Obama’s complicity is unilateral; It has been developing for decades that the wealth of the ordinary citizen be funneled off to the government and the privileged few. The rise of the stock market, while the rest of the economy is in a deep tank is symptomatic of the rich getting richer; It does not help the general economy at all. We will continue to experience rising inflation leading to higher prices for all goods and services while our incomes are stagnant or in decline. When the people fear and depend upon the government, then you are right where they want you. Look at the signs yourself, suspend your disbelief that the government would not do such things to you, and the answers will be as clear as the blue sky.

  • Anonymous

    Never said “only atheists run government” What I said believe whatever you want but keep in in your home and your church example “Catholics believe you should not eat meat on Good Friday” OK Fine but you do not go to Congress and try and make that a national law” 

  • Anonymous

    If the economy is in the toilet how come the DOW is above 15,000 the highest in it’s history ? Not bad for a Muslim Socialist Ha?

  • http://www.facebook.com/stanbgf Stan Gunn

    GOD BLESS HIM FOR STANDING UP.
    WHY WORRY ABOUT HOLDING ON TO SOMETHING WE CANNOT KEEP ,
    TO GAIN SOMETHING WE CANNOT LOSE .
    OUR SOUL AND OUR FREEDOM .
    THEY MAY TAKE YOUR LIFE BUT YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR FREEDOM .
    A BLESSED GIFT FROM GOD . PLEASE DON’T TAKE IT LIGHTLY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jedicowgirl Becky Joy Schnute

    Do you even know why America was colonized in the first place? It’s because the Christians were tired if not being free to worship. They came over here and started this country on Christian principals and beliefs. Tell me again how we are NOT a Christian nation?

  • Stephan Bruno

    Bullet in his head. 

  • Anonymous

    A true American hero. 

  • James Buchanan

    Look..This guy is doing this to get paid. That’s it. He’s selling this story one interview at a time dragging out the details in order to facilitate a larger paycheck and his 15 minutes of fame. Let’s not forget, even though this info is greatly desired by the general population, this hurts our nation more than it benefits us. I hate that the government has been doing this but it was legal (though overreaching) and Snowden’s actions are illegal. We should consider the consequences of this guys actions before we prop him up as a hero. He rides a fine between whistleblower or traitor and when received so much a one penny for this info he is 100% a traitor.

  • Anonymous

    Ha Ha FOX like the Republicans spend entire days on the IRS, Benghazi and Susan Rice and 5 minutes on the 26,000 sexual assault cases in the military it should be the other way round. Want to bet there coverage of the George Zimmerman will tilt 95% in his favor and only have guest that support him ?

  • Anonymous

    There are over 300+ Bridges in the US than need to be repaired or replaced at a estimated cost of 3 Billion Dollars let’s do it and you cannot say “We can’t afford it” it’s more like we can not afford to do it”

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.howard.5036459 Chris Howard

    so…..how was that kool-aid?

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.howard.5036459 Chris Howard

    ah….I see you are an avid kool-aid drinker.  :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.howard.5036459 Chris Howard

    wow….do you honestly believe that the DOW is the best indicator of the economy? And do you think that it is up because of this “Muslim Socialist?”

  • landofaahs

    The constitution is not a suicide pact. We don’t just let enemies operate freely when they are trying to destroy us. Where Islam is in the vast majority, they don’t allow any other religions. If there are any so-called good muslims in those countries they don’t say anything about the persecution. Freedom and islam cannot live side by side.
    Obama is a Trojan horse muslim for which he is lying and denying. That makes him an enemy of American Freedom.

  • Anonymous

    garak99  Are you smoking crack??? He’s a friggin muslim out to destroy our Nation. you IDIOT!!!

  • Anonymous

    You are so right Becky Joy:)

  • Anonymous

    “why do you think they mentioned God in the Constitution so many times”

    How embarrassing. You call yourself a patriot yet you haven’t read the most important document of our country.

  • Anonymous

    You/re SO blind!!!

  • Ron Tyler

    This may be the man who may have started this country on the path back to Freedom. God Bless us all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.t.delbuono Mary Theresa Del Buono

    Well I have to read more about this…I don’t understand…trying to see if he is hiding or just nervous….just don’t know anymore our nation is such a mess… praying his words mean a good thing for our nation…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allred-Daniel/1576788774 Allred Daniel

    I have a problem with mentioning Bradley Manning in the same context. Manning is just a perverted, puny piece of pocket lint seeking his fifteen minutes of fame. Daniel Ellsberg is a reasonable mention, but I think the level of Snowden’s “treason” rises to that of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. What the NSA is doing, all their good intentions aside, is treating the American public as collective enemies of the state.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.t.delbuono Mary Theresa Del Buono

    the lies that are coming out of his administration…and the pain this group of people  are causing our nation…I know no one  wants to admit they are wrong but please take a deep breath and think about why things are such a mess in our nation right now…nothing to do with Dem. or Rep…it is a Fabian society Marxist and Communist overtake of our nation…. in my book… I see things that were happening in old USSR (Russian) politics happening here…and now the Jihad mess is added to the mix too…

  • Anonymous

    It might not matter if BO was a muslim, except every other members of other faiths are being treated as outcast. Yes, that’s a fact, so there is no comfort to many that we still have freedom of religion, when it’s being pushed further into the shadows everyday! If one thinks that the economy is going up, please consider the summer jobs of teens. Housing is going up because they are flirting with giving out soft loans again. Many are not working full time. I don’t have to watch Fox to get my reality. It is present in my community. People are on edge waiting for next shoe to drop. It can be felt in air and seen on people’s face. Today, 2 crappy steaks were priced at 27.00 bucks. It would be cheaper to go out to eat, and let someone else wash the dishes! Doctors have already fled this region, and none will come to replace them. The obamacare healthcare tax, is already crippling communities, and it’s gonna get worse. So, good luck, and hang on tight if one thinks it’s gonna be summer camp!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.t.delbuono Mary Theresa Del Buono

    I know first hand about the musslum world my Dad saw it in action when he was in Egypt a long time ago..but I am sure it is true still please think about what is happening to our nation

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.t.delbuono Mary Theresa Del Buono

    they have done there work well…the athestis and the anti Christian people…no one says you have to be Christian…itconsitiution was built of it’s principles…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.t.delbuono Mary Theresa Del Buono

    they were trown out of the church there…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.t.delbuono Mary Theresa Del Buono

    Bottom up top down…I know Glenn Beck was wrong??? not in my book…this is what he said 10 years or so ago…

  • BillK

    On the other hand, I suspect this guy is heaving into a bucket at the mere thought that Glenn might be on his side…

  • Me

    Look at the picture of his “ballerina” ( *cough* stripper *cough*) girlfriend who is out there all over the place.  The one where she’s naked except for hose and a book.  Try not to look at the naked, men, and look at the title of the book.  Everyone is saying it’s a book and an author Glenn Beck recommends highly.  Anyone recognize it?
    http://tinyurl.com/mvpozlj

  • Soren Keirkagard

     Muslim…

  • Soren Keirkagard

     Uh…

  • Soren Keirkagard

     

    Fire Clapper… that LYING POS!

    And fire ANYONE who works for the NSA/CIA/FBI or any other US
    government agency who VIOLATES any American citizen’s Constitutional
    Right to Privacy.

    Our US Bill of Rights and Constitutional Right to Privacy: Fourth
    Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure. The
    right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers,
    and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be
    violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
    supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the
    place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

  • Soren Keirkagard

     

    Fire Clapper… that LYING POS!

    And fire ANYONE who works for the NSA/CIA/FBI or any other US
    government agency who VIOLATES any American citizen’s Constitutional
    Right to Privacy.

    Our US Bill of Rights and Constitutional Right to Privacy: Fourth
    Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure. The
    right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers,
    and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be
    violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
    supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the
    place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

  • Soren Keirkagard

     

    ‘And remember, where you have a
    concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with
    Sir
    John Dalberg-Acton.the mentality of gangsters get control.
    History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts
    absolutely.’ —

  • Soren Keirkagard

     

    ‘And remember, where you have a
    concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with
    the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All
    power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ — Sir
    John Dalberg-Acton.

    White House petition to pardon Edward
    Snowden so far:  https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions

    US Bill of Rights and Right to
    Privacy:Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search
    and seizure.The right of the people to be secure in their
    persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches
    and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but
    upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and
    particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or
    things to be seized.

  • pawz63

    abrasmom–You are so right and it scares me that more people don’t see what is happening.  Most of us will stand in line and take a number for health services and seniors will be the very last to have their number called–if it’s even called at all.

  • Liz King Bradley

    My husband is a former military linguist, he no longer does that.  I can tell you , though, that Snowden risks never being employable again on top of being smeared.  I heard from an employee of his same former company, Booze Allen Hamilton, what BAH is already saying about him.  Their approach is to downplay his position, to discredit him.  At very least he will be unemployable, but most likely he’ll be imprisoned, if not eliminated.  If he truly has so much damaging evidence he will be considered a major liability.  Some countried are offering amnesty…for information.  There is no where for him to turn unless he wants to betray the country he just risked it all to save.

  • phearly

     I already said that the markets are getting a big-time boost from the govt. printing money & then pumping it into the stock market. Bernanke just indicated that this practice will start to decline soon & probably cease by next year sometime, after which interest rates will probably start to jump up. You can be a muslim socialist & print money to artificially inflate the stock market. I don’t think the total economy is the DOW…To me & my family it mostly revolves around gas, food, utilities, & services prices which are through the roof & climbing thanks to barry & his cronies.

  • phearly

    You have GOT to be a plant garak! How can ANYBODY be so clueless & gullible? For how many years & how many times has BO used the fake excuse of “shovel-ready jobs”, “infrastructure investment”, etc..to bilk us out of billions of dollars of stimulus money??? NONE of it has materialized! Everything is still crumbling while his buddies line their pockets with the money. Only a true fool would KEEP falling for his lies…Seems that there are a frightening number of them these days unfortunately.

  • phearly

     I think you really meant, “Take over the oil companies nationalize them Gas at $11.95 per gallon”(you forgot a ’1′). All you have to do is look at what obamacare is doing to health insurance premiums(mine has jumped by $40/month this year already) to know that nationalizing oil companies would be an equally-disastrous mistake. Please move to Canada or the UK QUICKLY & take your like-minded liberals with you so you can all enjoy “nationalized” everything to your hearts’ content…leave the free markets to us!