I do not know who Paul Carr is (apart from the fact that he is a Briton who lives in the US and agrees with the call by the New York Times for ‘clemency’ for Snowden, whatever that might mean) but his piece on Edward Snowden is dripping with the condescension that we have come to expect from some of the media who seem to be obsessed with finding personality flaws in him, while grudgingly acknowledging the importance of the information he released.
Here are the descriptions of Snowden that Carr packs into a short piece.
Insufferably self-important … smugger-than-a-Guy-Fawkes-mask personality … rebarbative hypocrisy of the man … Smug Eddy … an ass, a hypocrite, or even a scoundrel… his arrogance and his muddled, me-me-millennial politics … blowhard.
He even compares him in unlikability to people like Jack Abramoff, Scooter Libby, Bernie Madoff, Paris Hilton (!), and Bruno Mars (who?).
Oddly, people like Carr also focus their attention of what Snowden is not doing, such as criticizing Russia’s human rights record or corporate spying, as if he is now obliged to comment on everything under the sun that is even tangentially related to what he did. Snowden has made it clear that he wanted to expose the unconstitutional behavior by the US government. That is what he knows about and was the basis of the important information that he released that no one else did.
Sure, he could comment on other things but then he would be just another media commentator. His statements about the NSA are significant because they are based on hard facts and, most importantly, documents to which he had access. He has no more knowledge of Russia’s human rights record than the rest of us.