Now that Edward Snowden has temporary asylum in Russia, he has the freedom to travel anywhere in that country and work. Apparently, he may already have a job offer.
Late Thursday, the founder of Russia’s Facebook-like social network site VKontakte, made what sounded like a job offer.
“We will be happy if he decides to supplement the team of star programmers at VKontakte,” Durov wrote on his page.
Meanwhile, the usual crowd of grandstanding US politicians are howling for retaliation against Russia for this flagrant act of lese-majeste by Russia. This is going to box in Obama and he has not helped himself by suggesting that he might not go to the G20 summit in St. Petersburg next month or the subsequent one-on-one summit meeting in Moscow with the Russian president. Now if he goes, he will look weak and if he doesn’t go, he will look stupid.
Journalist Amy Goodman sums up the peculiar state of affairs where major war criminals and white collar criminals walk free while those who expose them at great personal risk are hounded and put in prison for long sentences.
“What a dangerous edifice war is, how easily it may fall to pieces and bury us in its ruins,” wrote Carl von Clausewitz, the 19th-century Prussian general and military theorist, in his seminal text “On War”, close to 200 years ago. These lines came from the chapter “Information in War”, a topic that resonates today, from Fort Meade, Maryland, where Bradley Manning has just been convicted of espionage in a military court, to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lived for more than a year, having been granted political asylum to avoid political persecution by the United States, to Russia, where National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary aslyum.
Manning took incredibly courageous actions to release data, to pierce the fog of war, to make public the machinations of modern American war-making. Edward Snowden has exposed the sophistication and extraordinary reach of the US surveillance state, cracking down on those who would dare to release information. And Julian Assange sits within the four walls of his embassy redoubt, persecuted for the crime of publishing. Yet those who planned the wars, those who committed war crimes, those who conduct illegal spying, for now, walk free.
That is the world we now live in.