Now he's holed up in Russia, where it's quite certain that the FSB is pumping him dry, at least as dry as Chinese intelligence did. And his whirlwind tour of quasi-democracies and outright dictatorships puts paid to the idea that he's a starry-eyed defender of democratic ideals.
But this real-time John Le Carre novel begs several questions:
- How did Snowden get by background screening to get a job at Booz Allen?
- How did Snowden even get past screening with his paltry CV?
- Why did Booz Allen contract him for sensitive intelligence work?
- What political strings were pulled to get Snowden that job, and who pulled them.
- Who benefits from secrets being spilled to the Chinese and Russians?
- Who's the patsy? Snowden? Greenwald? Or are they both quite aware of what they did?
I'm not a conspiracy theorist; usually the simplest explanation is the right one. And I'm not going to speculate on these still-developing events with my theories. To be frank, I have none, just questions. But the fallout of this escapade will last all summer. I'm quite curious to see how this plays out, and how the administration works to bring Snowden and any accomplices / enablers to justice.
This is your "spy who came in from the cold" open thread.