As we all knew would happen, there has been a concerted effort to discredit Edward Snowden the person, which is the usual means adopted by the ruling class. When they cannot defend their actions, they go after the messenger. The latest charge is that he is a double-agent, likely working for the Chinese. It is a story spun out of purely circumstantial evidence.
This same charge has also been made by someone named Gordon Chang whose main argument seems to be that Snowden went to Hong Kong and the timing of his release on the eve of the Obama-Xi meeting. Chang also points to the fact that Snowden has revealed that the US government has been massively spying on China as evidence that he may be working for the Chinese.
The latter argument does not pass the ‘switch test’, which is when you switch things around to see what people would say if the roles were reversed. If a Chinese person with access to their government’s computer spying network revealed that they were massively spying on the US, would Americans hail that person as a courageous truth teller or as a traitor who should be condemned?
To ask the question is to answer it.
Jesselyn Radack has released a statement from the Government Accountability Project that reminds us that it is important to keep in mind that all these are diversions. Snowden and his motives are not the main story. It is what he revealed that we should be focusing on.