0 $
2,500 $
5,000 $
100 $
DECEMBER 2022

Fates Of Snowden And Assange Dispel ‘Western Democracy’ Myth

Support SouthFront

Fates Of Snowden And Assange Dispel 'Western Democracy' Myth

Illustrative Image

The readership just needs to ask a single question – would you rather trade places with Julian Assange or Edward Snowden?

Written by Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst

Whenever the political elites of the collective West want to boast about their much-touted “values”, they mention “freedom and democracy” as the supposed “cornerstones” of their societies. And while the legal aspects of these claims do exist, the reality of their implementation is radically different. This is particularly true for the United States of America, which has not only tightened its internal legislature, but has also been trying to impose its exterritorial application.

To make matters worse, this also concerns people who aren’t even citizens of the US and have possibly never set foot on US soil. Probably the best example of this is the fate of Julian Assange, an Australian investigative journalist and the founder of WikiLeaks, which has published millions of secret documents, many of which concern illegal US activities around the globe, including war crimes and indiscriminate murder of civilians.

However, instead of being praised for his work, Julian Assange has been subjected to brutal treatment by the political West, particularly the UK and US. First, Sweden issued an arrest warrant for Assange over false rape allegations. In June 2012, he took refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. After being granted asylum in August 2012, Assange was forced to live there, never leaving the Embassy premises for the next 7 years. In 2019, Sweden dropped its rape allegations, effectively admitting that Assange was right when he said the charges were fabricated to make his extradition to the US possible.

Washington wanted Assange in custody after WikiLeaks published millions of US secret documents and diplomatic cables, revealing the massive scope of US aggression against the world. By March 2017, many of the published documents detailed the CIA’s electronic surveillance and cyber warfare capabilities, after which some senior CIA officials even discussed the possibility of assassinating Assange.

By April 2019, after a new government came to power in Ecuador (likely with the involvement of the US), Assange’s asylum was withdrawn. The UK police then arrested Assange and he was found guilty of breaching the Bail Act and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison. The US government unsealed an indictment against Assange, charging him with violating the Espionage Act of 1917. By December 2021, the High Court in London ruled that Assange could be extradited to the US to face the charges. In March 2022, the UK Supreme Court refused Assange permission to appeal and on 17 June 2022, Home Secretary Priti Patel approved the extradition. Julian Assange has been confined in Belmarsh (a category A prison) in London since April 2019.

In contrast to Assange stands the example of Edward Snowden, a former NSA (National Security Agency) cyber intelligence expert and whistleblower who leaked classified information which revealed the massive network of illegal US global surveillance programs run by multiple intelligence agencies of the “Five Eyes” countries (US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). The leak also revealed close cooperation between multiple civilian telecommunication companies and EU countries’ intelligence services, prompting a global outcry for respecting the citizens’ individual privacy.

Although Snowden initially wanted to serve his country and enhance its cyber security, he gradually became disillusioned with the programs with which he was involved, but his concerns were ignored. In 2013, Snowden flew to Hong Kong and revealed thousands of classified NSA documents which were then published by major news media. Snowden was soon charged with violating the aforementioned Espionage Act of 1917, after which his passport was revoked. In the meantime, Snowden flew to Moscow. Russia granted Snowden the right to asylum, which became permanent by October 2020.

While the US is determined to arrest Snowden, claiming his actions have done “grave damage” to Washington DC’s intelligence capabilities, Snowden insists his leaks were an effort to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them. His disclosures have revealed the scope of mass surveillance and other illegal Western governments’ activities in breach of individual privacy. In early September 2020, even a US federal court ruled that the mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was both illegal and unconstitutional.

For his actions, Snowden has also been threatened by US officials, some of whom also called for his assassination. However, he has been under the protection of the Russian police and intelligence services since 2013. In addition, on September 26, Russian media reported that Snowden’s permanent residency permit has been upgraded to full Russian citizenship. Russian President Vladimir Putin personally granted citizenship to Edward Snowden. The official presidential decree states:

“In accordance with paragraph ‘A’ of Article 89 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, I decide to accept the following persons in the citizenship of the Russian Federation – Edward Joseph Snowden, born June 21, 1983, in the United States of America.”

The governments and the corporate-run mainstream media in the political West are virtually unanimous that Russia is a “dictatorship” run by an “autocratic” leader and that the country “regularly violates human rights”. Russian President Vladimir Putin is supposedly “killing journalists and political opponents” because he “sees them as a threat”, the Western media claim, despite having an approval rating of over 80% for more than two decades now. And yet, an objective observer doesn’t need to believe either side. The readership just needs to ask a single question – would you rather trade places with Julian Assange or Edward Snowden?

MORE ON THE TOPIC:

Support SouthFront

SouthFront

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
22 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Donnchadh

He has now come to terms with living permanently in Russia after making a few gestures to the American government who rebuffed him and told him he could be in a US prison for the rest of his life .

He has been helped by his wife who came to Russia to be with him and they have a child – he did say Russia is a lovely country .

hash
hashed
KE5

The illusion of freedom pacifies the many when only a few see the bars but freedom is now held by the few and the many just now begin to see the bars and must be given different illusions.

hash
hashed
Drago Bosnic

My name is Drago Bosnic. I keep dreaming about a nuclear dick. That is why I wrote this long poetic BS vomit that will nobody read.

I love nuclear dick. It makes my sissy pussy wet. I want it shoved up my ass.

hash
hashed
Last edited 2 months ago by Drago Bosnic
Vlad the Impaler

I think your real name is Zelenski’s Buttboy.

mike l hutchings

those two should be given medals for doing what’s right …. the west is turning into communist light

hash
hashed
KE5

He betrayed the globalists but not America they are not the same to everyone.

hash
hashed
Donnchadh

My short post didn’t last long –no bad language- no offence to anyone – just a basic description of the situation -the only thing I can think of was that I said he tried to come to terms with the USA government but was rebuffed and told he could be jailed for life –very mild but against the USA so –what’s going on in SF ??

hash
hashed
Donnchadh

5 out of 11 comments left – free speech ?

hash
hashed
CIA bot

Where is that CIA shill Elgar, Elgay whatever?

hash
hashed
Theudric28

I don’t understand why many of you can write so much bullshit. Your sexual life and fantasms interests nobody.

Iren

I love my “dictator”. Don’t let America care about my rights. I am happy to have such a ruler.

hash
hashed
Mac.

Just like that ass as they never decry that shit-hole in the sand of our time.

That cancer of our world should have long since been expunged.

Just decertify that cancer stupid American.

hash
hashed
Iron Zion 🦾🇮🇱

Snowden will be put to sleep. Assange is already dead. We’ll celebrate soon.

hash
failed
CDM

Celebrate what? His murder? You really have to be a mentally sick degenerate and absolute filthy vermin to write that stupid crap.

Iron Dud

Iron-Dildo is a deranged 12 years old freak always angry and traumatized coz his uncle beats and rape him every day. dumb cunt thinks he can intimidate someone with his gay threats lol but he’s just a laughable, pathetic pile of horse manure.

Matt

I’d put a post on this “bought and paid for” duplicitous $Bitc0in sight but why bother when it will be disappeared by the Russian Tribe within 10 minutes?!!!

hash
hashed
Last edited 2 months ago by Matt
Dunnchadh

Remove most of the pro -Russia posts and leave in most of the anti- Russian ones —- ??????

hash
hashed
Антон

Don’t waste your nerves, SF’s moderation is unpredictable. At least almost no more spammers like Anglia. I miss old commentary form (‘Discuss’) with no captcha and with ability to attach images.

Last edited 2 months ago by Антон
Klaus meier

Snowden is important for russian Army…. Hope he pay back for Help…

hash
hashed
Kev not Kiev

Assange gets tortured… Snowden gets citizenship. He might even get a nice job in counter intelligence now that he can technically be conscripted into the Russian army. Made the right choice Edward did.

hash
failed
22
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x