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Snowden Joins Daniel Ellsberg On Board of Freedom of the Press Foundation 44

Posted by Soulskill
from the plans-to-leak-everybody's-lunch-orders dept.
sunbird writes "Edward Snowden is joining the board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit committed to defending public-interest journalism which exposes law-breaking in government. Co-founder Glenn Greenwald said, 'We began this organization to protect and support those who are being punished for bringing transparency to the world's most powerful factions or otherwise dissent from government policy. Edward Snowden is a perfect example of our group's purpose, as he's being persecuted for his heroic whistleblowing, and it is very fitting that he can now work alongside us in defense of press freedom, accountability, and the public’s right-to-know.' The foundation is presently raising money and awareness for a variety of open-source encryption tools. Please consider donating to my favorite: the LEAP Encryption Access Project."
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Snowden Joins Daniel Ellsberg On Board of Freedom of the Press Foundation

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  • Interesting... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mendax (114116) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @02:24AM (#45962267)

    I wonder how he will remain on the board once the feds finally get their hands on him. He's a marked man. Daniel Ellsberg avoided going to prison on a technicality, because of the government's gross misconduct and illegal evidence gathering. I don't think Edward Snowden will be so lucky when his rendition is finally carried out.

  • Re:Interesting... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by AHuxley (892839) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @03:00AM (#45962405) Homepage Journal
    The whistleblowing aspect is over, the press is now releasing the news at a rate they seem fit after sorting, clearing. [] []
    As for Snowden what are the options - freedom in Russia beyond the ~ one year point.
    Find another nations embassy in Russia and stay? Doing a [] for many years?
    The US seemed to have hinted at its intent with the EU airspace issue so getting to another country will be interesting.
    Try the Russian legal system and get long term papers?
    The US needs to show what they will do to any whistleblowing but still seem to want to reduced the optics of any capture.
  • Good Luck With That (Score:5, Interesting)

    by VortexCortex (1117377) <VortexCortexNO@S ...> on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @03:22AM (#45962491) Homepage

    which exposes law-breaking in government.

    Yeah, we all know it's rife with illegal crap, but the mainstream media remains silent. They're your biggest enemies. []

    One can only hope that the severely slanted aren't able to maintain control as media migrates online. However, being that I have many times witnessed such "news" sites as ABC, removing all counter view points even if not demeaning or trolling from their comment sections -- Including posts that simply link to information proving the article or segment wrong, esp. suspect is the the 20/20 "investigative" segments, which now only serve to further political and corporate interests.

    With DRM on the track to inclusion in HTML5, the anti-open-source messages are already appearing -- Ireland, come on now, that's just too blatant even for you. The FBI dropping Law Enforcement and donning the cloak of secrecy in "national security" instead is all more evidence of the world's current anti-openness, and zero-accountability trend. You've got to realize the front you're fighting is on all sides, or you'll be flanked.

    Best of luck, but I've been watching this show for decades, I know how it ends. There's always been votes controlled through Gerrymandering [] and if not then blatant vote counting manipulation []. Over a hundred years the US government has been explicitly creating and condoning illegal government programs, [] and thus disinformation and lying to the public -- These are the politicians real jobs, to cast the will of the government as good for you... I'm a scientist, where's the proof it's good for me? Where's the experimental evidence for these bills virtues? There is none, it's asinine, but it's not like anyone really cares about goodness or integrity.

    The US government serves to "Protect America" -- but they do not consider We The People important, only the international "American" Corporate interests must be preserved. When they say "security" it means socio-economic and political control to maintain the status quo and enrich corporations. 58% of congress are global warming denialists for the same reason there were no WMDs, and for the same reason the FBI and NSA keep such close watch on civil-rights activists, privacy-rights activists, women's rights activists, and all anti-war activist organizations -- and now with PRISM all people.

    The government has tasked itself with "protecting" the "security" of "America" (see above definitions), and will craft laws to allow their "legal" continuation of this corrupt practice whether in the best interest of the citizens they farm or not. Jim Crow was a law. What the fuck does "law-abiding" or "law-breaking" have to do with Justice and Integrity? Rosa Parks went to jail for sitting at the front of the bus. Fuck "law-breaking in government" -- That's a wild goose chase, otherwise big corps would have to pay taxes. Prove there's even a legitimate government in place first, then you can try holding it accountable. You're barking up the wrong tree. Expose the injustice in Banking, Wall Street, ISPs, Media, Government Contractors, and other such corporations. Then the fur will really fly. Otherwise you're just pissing into the wind: Impeach one stooge and you get another from the queue. This has all happened before, and it will all happen again. []

    Firemen douse the source of the fire, not the flames themselves.

  • Re:Interesting... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by SuricouRaven (1897204) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @03:51AM (#45962615)

    Given that the US has demonstrated their willingness to ground even diplomatic flights if they suspect Snowden to be on board, traveling would be risky. It'd need to be done with the backing of the Russian government, and I don't see why they would.

    The only options I see are to either hole up in an embassy or hope that Russian officials will be willing to give him residence as a PR thing. Russia and America have long been in a quite antagonistic relationship, even after the cold war ended, so it's possible some influential politicians might want to keep him as a show of independance - a small but very symbolic gesture to show that Russia bows before the demands of no country, not even the mighty US.

  • Re:Interesting... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MobSwatter (2884921) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @06:52AM (#45963327)

    All things considered, doesn't anyone see it ironic that Russia has stood tall for freedom over corruption in the US?

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