Oct 072013
 

Adam Kokesh: modern day Jesus Christ

2013-10-3 2:01:56 am Atomic time too. Been listening to Fall Out Boy Sugar We’re Going Down, several times and writing an important email to my mentor Cronus, contemplating exactly how I was going to write this and motivate as many people as possible. It’s going to be a bumpy nite, I promise I will bring it all back together.  So here we go!

We’re going down, down in an earlier round
And Sugar, we’re going down swinging
I’ll be your number one with a bullet
A loaded god complex, cock it and pull it

Now, Madonna’s Immaculate Conception playing.  My second x wife, Keele, turned me on to her among other things. Wink! What a great CD every song is a hit, just like the “One” CD by the Beatles. Or how ‘bout the first 2 Boston CD’s or in my day what were called “albums”.  Gee-Zeus, they could triangulate me from that address and the start of the youtube. Quit telling them how to do it.  These are some whacked out times we are in.  Somehow we all chose it why, “‘cause we’re here, that’s a fact from Rome to Nome boy.”  Personally, I walk through the Valley of Shadow of Death fearing no evil.  And I know Neo does as well.  Not able to sleep thinking about my buddy, Neo. Locked up.  BORG agents got em.  Political prisoner.  Stood tall, didn’t run.  Crazy fucker, racks a shotgun in DC.  Of course they came to get him.  At least they didn’t black bag him.  Now Borderline is playing.

You know, Adam Kokesh is crazy, I personally know crazy, firsthand. Speaking about crazy, when you get a chance you have to watch this mind expanding movie called “Mental”.  I like to describe it as a cross between “The Matrix” and “Idiocracy”, it’s a real eye opener.  I’ll have to write about it some other time.    Now, doing Time like I did, you meet some real cards.  You gotta respect him, he does what he says he is going to do, no Shit.  That’s the Craziest kind, does what he says he says he is going to do. I live that way too.  Just ask my friends about my methods. I just don’t have the gigantic anodized gold plated uranium balls, like Adam Kokesh has.  Racking a shotgun in Washington DC.  Are you freaking kidding me?  I just ain’t that nuts.  When I tell you, I am going to do something, it motherphuking occurs, there are only 2 reasons I won’t come through:

  1. I am Dead.
  2. I am Arrested.

Neo is that kind of person.  It’s like what happens when the immovable object confronts the unstoppable force.  Didja ever think about that one?  I know, I did when I was doing time…in solitary.  Tripping.  Haha! Figured out how big a cubic light year is, in cubic inches. How long is Trillion seconds in years by hand.  Keep in mind 12 zeros.  Anyone like to take a stab at that one?  Been asking that question since I got out of the joint myself in ’86.  Of all the people I have ever asked that question, my father, who passed from Alzheimer’s, guessed the closest.  And he was way off.  Any takers? M-o-r-p-h-e-u-s(at)T-i-t-a-n-i-a-n-s dot Org, hit me up. No cheating.

That was a trip, I watched my father Joseph, who was a master machinist, a guy who was so good at his craft for his last 10 years working never scrapped a part.  In aerospace rework for god’s sakes.  He would be working on Frn$80,000 turbines with plus or minus .0001 inch and not ever scrap a part, without a standard computer.  He just used the one that was attached to his brain stem. This type of precision, not only is unheard of, many machinists would say impossible, over a 10 year period.  Of course that is all hearsay, that’s what he told me.  He told me it would give him a migraine to ever scrap a part.  One time the inspector told him his part failed, he went to the ac unit and noticed the temperature was off.  He readjusted the temperature to the correct temp and few hours later guess what… part passed.

I saw this guy, my dad, go from this insanely gifted artist, with a totally unforgiving substance: metal. If your a painter and you make a mistake, paint over it.  Your a machinist and you make a mistake take 80 grand and light it on fire! One in particular, I remember him working with was an alloy called Monel, very difficult to machine, has titanium in it.  Same ingredient they make the SR-71 Blackbird out of. Ya know, the SR-71 Blackbird has the equivalent power of 90 locomotive engines to power that bad boy.  Top speed and ceiling even today…classified.   It rips across the sky, horizon to horizon at more than 80,000 feet in less than 3 minutes, damn that’s stepping out!  To being transformed into this guy, who didn’t even know my name, to forgetting how to eat and then how to breathe.  Took his last breath with me holding on to him.  That was really whacked out.  He died from a disease that statistically men at 70 have a 1 in 2 chance of getting.  Yet we study Breast cancer!  Lol!

The perspective I gathered from that little trip is, “we may not all be beautiful, however we all, unless we die from an accident, will end up like him: 90#, in a diaper, someone feeding you, wiping your ass.”  Reality check, hope your coming home.  Hope is for idiots.  There is no Calvary, interesting choice that is where Jesus was martyred.  The Calvary has to be sent out FIRST, in order for them to come and save the day.  Here is the deal though, I am the Calvary, and you are the Calvary, and Neo is at the tip of the spear right now.  It’s only what you DO in life that matters.  Not what you hope for, what you DO. As Frodo would add at the end “God-damn-it”. Haha

These BORG agents think they are hang Neo to a tree and leave him there.  I for one am not going let that happen.  I told him brother; I got your back, anytime, anyplace, anywhere.  I don’t give a shit why, cause Neo is one of those guys who does what is says he is going to do.  He said “Elect me and I will go to Washington”.  He didn’t get elected, but he did go to Washington.  He said “I was going to lead an armed march of 10,000 to Mordor on the Potomac on July 4, 2013” well there wasn’t 10,000 there but he did lead an armed march.   He even video taped it just to make sure the dumbass BORG agents would have to see it.  Right now as of this moment 421,624 views

On the BORG Main Stream Media (BMSM), not much more than a blip about Neo’s racking of the shotgun in DC nor the arrest.  Well they said a little however, this is genuine NEWS!  A seeming normal coherent war veteran, who marginally lost his run for congress for his home state of New Mexico, had his own Russia Today (RT) TV show, terrestrial radio show host, internet radio show host.  He even plays Rugby! I know he gave me his Rugby shirt. He is one  badass sum of Guntch. (new word I just invented ha ha).  I have the distinct pleasure know him well, personally!

Haha, we ever were arrested together.  We were at the “border check point” between Arizona and California. These guys are so incompetent, they set up the “border”, Checkpoint Charlie 80 miles north of the border of Mexico!  We were en route to Peymon Mottahedeh of Freedom Law School annual Freedom Conference. I was able to hustle up a ride with Neo, Nick Barnett and Drew Phillips.  The BORG Border agents had the dogs sniff out the Mary Jane who was also in the car.  They ended up stealing a grinder that Neo had for years.  What a bunch of worthless, incompetent, losers the Border Patrol are.  Even messed with a friend of mine Pastor Anderson.  He kicked their asses in court, with the help of another friend of mine Attorney, Marc Victor

At the event Neo, is the keynote speaker and given the Freedom Award.  Neo tells the story really well.  He gets up and tells the audience about the arrest and “What privilege to be arrested such a strong group of ‘professionals'”, as he calls us each out of the audience by name.  He telling the story it is so freaking funny, I am rolling around along with most of the audience, hearing him recant the tale.  Man it is hysterical.  You got to hear him tell this one. It makes me smile even now and its 4:50:33 am.  They opened up the car and found a whole shitload of pocket constitutions and V-masks that I have been known to peddle.  It was so funny in retrospect that when we all get together one day soon it’s going to be mighty funny.

Ok, can’t deal with “Like a Virgin” switching to Rush Different stages Live -2,  Roll the Bones, for some inspiration.  Anytime I have to close a big deal this is what I listen to.  Check it out, maybe it will do the same for you too!   I have accepted the task of writing an article to generate news coverage for Neo.  I know Neo would do the same for me, take that to the bank. This article is the result of that request.  You can help too, it needs to go viral.  Roll the Bones!

We go out in the world and take our chances
Fate is just the weight of circumstances
That’s the way that lady luck dances
Roll the bones

So how am I going to put this euphemism together.  I don’t know how it ends, I do know how it begins.  Who’s with me?

Time for Yoga and Lucy, thank you Libertopia!  That will help me figure it out5:33:47 am

Here we go, vertigo
Video vertigo
Test for echo

Here we go, in slo-mo
Video vertigo
Test for echo, test for echo

Follow me now, and this is a strategy:  This is a Supreme Court case.  It’s really simple: the government is  sunk. Neo will take this all the way and then they have to admit the constitution is suspended.  Ergo: the constitution and the bill of rights are in place or they are not.  There is no other way to slice it.  Period. Exclamation point! Here is the Law

2nd amendment for the united States Constitution

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

“the right of the people to keep and bear arms, Shall not be infringed”.  That’s interesting,  how does the “law” in DC override the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution supposedly the supreme law of the land?

 A breaking into; a trespass or encroachment upon; a violation of a law, regulation, contract, or right. Used especially of invasions of the rights secured by patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Goodyear Shoe Machinery Co. v. Jackson, 112 Fed. 140, 50 C. C. A. 159, 55 L. R. A. 092; Thomson-Houston Electric Co. v. Ohio Brass Co., 80 Fed. 721, 20 C. C. A. 107.

The DC “Law” sounds like an infringement to me. Law Dictionary: http://thelawdictionary.org/infringement/#ixzz2hBMA9PkW

We also have the preamble to the bill of rights.  What is a ‘preamble’ mean ida know, let’s look it up.  In my day we went into this thing called a book and looked it up.  Now we have these really kewl devices called computers and you punch it in.  Trouble is we have such mindless drivel like football, dancing with the stars, stop lights, mortgages for 30 years, sales tax, IRS and the worst of all, BORG agents.  These are the people who always want to tell you what to do.  They have guns to enforce their supposed “Authority”.  They somehow derived their “Authority” from this insane process called “Voting”.  I vote with my money, my feet, my mouth and my pen. That’s it. If you believe you are voting any other way you are deluding yourself.  Even George Carlin agrees with me!

pre·am·ble noun \prē-am-bəl,\

: a statement that is made at the beginning of something (such as a legal document) and usually gives the reasons for the parts that follow : something that comes before and leads to something else

1:  an introductory statement; especially :  the introductory part of a constitution or statute that usually states the reasons for and intent of the law

2:  an introductory fact or circumstance; especially :  one indicating what is to follow

So maybe, just maybe, we need to read the preamble to the Bill of rights to see what insights we have to the case.

The First 10 Amendments to the
Constitution as Ratified by the States

December 15, 1791

Preamble

Congress OF THE United States
begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday
the Fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution.

Basically they are saying any government is one step away from tyranny and we need to be very careful to restrain government.  The 10 amendments are to be interpreted in that light.  Problem is now, 2013, the government wants to micro-manage every single thing human beings do except breathe…and they are working on that too.  Is there anyone out there in the world that thinks any government is doing good job?  The answer to that question is unequivocally yes!  Who are those people you ask:  very simple, the ones getting money and power from it from the government.  You see the BORG government works perfectly, that is what you are in.  Guess what? Many of  you can’t see the forest for the trees.  Think of it as a pyramid structure that suppresses, eliminates, or destroys corrective feedback.

Let’s wrap this up, I am really running outta of gas here, maybe you are too.  When I was at Libertopia, I ran into my Bernard VonNot Haus, Foster Gamble, Bob Podolsky, Clyde Cleveland, Mike Badnarik, Patrick Henryold friend Bernard Von NotHaus, who brought  us the Liberty Dollar.  It’s crazy, I know all these guys.  They still haven’t sentenced him when he was con-victed  back in March 18, 2011. Its Oct 7 2013 that’s 2 years 6 months 18 days.  Bernard holds the record for the longest un-sentenced convict.  Why is that?  HELLO!! It’s because, when they sentence him. He can go for an appeal. I promise you, Bernard will swab the decks with their asses on appeal.  Bernard is no dope, even though, to my astonishment and a whole table full of respectable people he stated, “I can find no examples of a time when the Rothschild’s as a bank never did any back dealing, they were simply doing business.”

You should have seen everyone at the table jaw drop when he said that.  Foster Gamble, Cronus, Gaia, Mercury, Patrick Henry, Paul, Athena and myself. The conversation after that one was off the chart.  Even though, everyone at the table disagreed with him, it was really awesome to be in such fine company, that we could actually have a intelligent discussion on such a subject.

Bernard is awesome!  Another Sum of a Guntch! The government has him, he’s stuck in limbo.  He’s doing good, much better off smokin’ a joint living in a house in Malibu, than being in the Joint, waiting on an appeal.  I wouldn’t want to go through that at his age.  Neo though, that’s another story.  Neo is doing this for free thinking people the world over.  Some have said he is an ego manic looking to boost his ratings.  I say to those people “YOU sit in jail looking at 10 – 20 cause YOU racked a shotgun in DC and wonder if he’s grandstanding?”.  A kind of Jesus Christ thing.  His pain, your gain. You wanting to say there was only only guy brave enough to stick his nuts on the chopping block for someone else, he didn’t know or ever meet?  Are you freaking kidding me?  He did stick it out and the BORG agents don’t have a freaking clue about what to do with it. Haha

Snowden’s got big hairy balls, Kokesh’s are way bigger. I have never felt them, don’t want to,  but Brother you Rock.  The whole house of cards is coming down.  The system is under so much pressure that anything could cause it to flip.  Guess what… we got more people than these evil Borg Agents.  Oh and guess what, BORG Agent? You violate my civil rights and that is a title 18 USC 241-242 says this is 10 years sentence.  These guys better be careful. I don’t give chances anymore.  I got my fee schedule filed on the county.  You want to violate my civil rights? You can my fee schedule says is 2 million per officer per occurrence.  You start waving that around and these people start standing at attention, really fast.

It goes back to Walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death fearing no evil.  We are all in the valley of the shadow of Death, might as well fear no evil.  That is what it says to do.  What you don’t do however, is start waving 100 bills in the air, while you’re walking through it!  That is why the government went after Larken Rose, another hero of mine.  He taunted them, with full page ads in the New York Times – 861 dvd’s explained it all. ” Come on bring it on”, he said and you betchca baby, they did.  They slapped him in the ass with like 2 years and his wife had to do a year.  BORG Judge, Wouldn’t let Larken and  Kessa use THE LAW and his own evidence for their benefit.  They deprived him of time with his daughter.  Talk about cruel, heartless psychopaths, that is what these BORG agents are.  All they want is:  money and power.  Your in their way, watch out.  Now, that’s when doing time is really tough.

Neo doesn’t have that situation.  Sure he’s not getting laid right now.  He will when he gets out, that I assure you. Food is marginal, after a while you get used to it.  In federal, the food might be better.  You might have to kick a few guy’s asses.  I would not want to rumble with Adam even at my best.  Right before I went to solitary for 45 days the last time before I got out, I was benching 305 not quite 3 plates, not bad for a guy before I got locked up, never won a fight in my life.

Being you have read this far of my whacked out article:  Adam needs support.  He needs it today, he needs it every day. He need letters sent to him at his address.  Letters make the time go by.  I am sure a little bread on his commissary would be great, get some snacks, envelopes, stamps.  One of my Mentors on the car lot, Jerry SOS Sheldon, used to say “Life’s like a shit sandwich: the more bread you have, the less shit you have to eat.”

Here’s his address, you have been hearing me rant for quite a while now,  I am using every thing I can think of to get you to:

  1. Easiest – send this article to your friends, and if your on the CIA sponsored Facebook post there as well.
  2. Post it to your favorite blog.  I did I like FreedomsPhoenix.com, so I did. Change the title though.
  3. Send Adam a letter.  I know we don’t use this technology much anymore however, they don’t give you computer access in Jail.
  4. Have some of those federal reserve notes they pass off as money?  Send Adam some. (instructions below)

If you want to write Adam, now is the perfect time, Lets send him tons of mail, to let the prison know that we know he’s there!

Adam Kokesh
#338454
1901 E Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Commissary money for Neo

Oh and with the money the government steals from you, this CCA facility has an “Awards”: Payne Elementary School Service Award that’s right, one award and it clearly says awards with an ‘s’ the webmaster or perhaps the self righteous warden Raymond Byrd, wrote that one.  What a bunch of maroons!

The other thing you can do is send this article to your friends, post it to your website informing them that one of our bothers is down behind enemy lines.  We don’t leave our brothers behind.  That is unless you’re Greek.  I am just kidding. Come on, that’s funny!  I’m a WOP and I am proud of my Italian ancestors being able to survive long enough to have me.  Thank you very much!

Call and email your supposed “News media” outlet.  Ask them what is going on with this Brave American Hero.  Tell them to do their freaking job or they are going to get left behind.  Ge-Zeus it was all over the news about the guy who was hearing voices and killed all those people at the naval base there.  What about the Lady who was killed in her car with her child inside. Wasn’t she hearing voices? Claiming mind control… I wouldn’t put it past them…at all.  It’s all we have been hearing about.  They were probably plants or experiments that went bad.  Sounds like Zombie’s to me.

Now we have a perfectly sane guy who gets arrested for dancing at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and then racks a Shotgun in Freedom Plaza Washington DC and youtubes it and…crickets.

Pay it forward and Rock on

Morpheus

Just backlinks and post 7:50:35am

8:45:41 am edit and post beddy by

9:26:19 am posted here need a title and few other places Test for Echo!  Slightly concerned on the title ha ha to sleepy to care and its kinda cool!

2013-10-9 10:43:59 cleaned up language added few more links.  Keep on Rockin” the Free world!

Aug 242013
 

Bradley Manning Now A Woman

chelsea manning bradley manning

Bradley Manning dressed as a woman in 2010


US soldier Bradley Manning has become a woman called Chelsea.

The 25-year-old, who has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, revealed the plans in a statement to NBC.

“I am Chelsea Manning,” Manning said.

“I am a female.”

“Given the way that I feel and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible,” Manning said.

“I also request that starting today you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun.”

The statement was signed Chelsea E. Manning.

The soldier’s struggles with identity were key to his defence in his court martial, the BBC reported.

His team said the army missed warning signs that he was struggling with gender identity issues, such as when he sent bosses an email saying he wanted to be a woman, with a photograph of himself wearing makeup and a blonde wig.

Manning is expected to serve his sentence at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The soldier’s lawyer, David Coombs, has said he could be pardoned in seven years.

Coombs said the prison should “do the right thing” and provide hormone therapy for the soldier:

He added: “If Fort Leavenworth does not, then I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure they are forced to do so.”

Wednesday’s sentencing ends three years of speculation over the fate of Manning, who for many has become a heroic figure and a symbol of truth and transparency against the clandestine misdeeds of the American administration during the Iraq War.

Critics compared the 35-year term to far shorter sentences handed to US soldiers found guilty of abusing prisoners in Iraq.

Aug 132013
 

Free Bradley ManningLawrence M. Ludlow
927 Moultrie Court
Naperville, IL 60563

August 10, 2013

Bradley Manning
c/o Commander, HHC USAG
Attn: PFC Bradley Manning
239 Sheridan Ave, Bldg 417
JBM-HH, VA 22211

Dear Mr. Manning:

I wish only that I had written to you earlier. Like hundreds of thousands of other people – and perhaps many more – I consider you to be an ethical person, a hero, someone who did the right thing in exposing the mass murder, corruption, lies, and the vicious nature of the U.S. government and its obedient minions, who follow orders without a thought as to the nature of these orders or their true criminality. Your actions took not only great moral conviction, but great courage in the face of blindness, indifference, stupidity, and willful evil.

This quality you possess is not valued highly in a nation that is rapidly mimicking the experience of the German people under the Nazi regime in the 1930s and 1940s and under the Soviet regime from 1917 until the 1990s. As you probably know, “just following orders” was the defense that the Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann uttered during his show-trial in Jerusalem. In a similar way, the ignorance – and even more, the moral vacuum – of the American people has enabled them to permit their government to slaughter between four and six million people since the close of World War II, and people like you are helping to expose and bring to light this vicious practice so that they cannot pretend any longer – living a lie. Ignorance is a natural state for all of us (after all, we are born without knowledge), but an evil intent is worse – much worse. And you have exposed it by your actions.

Your heroic act and despicable betrayal by an obedient “patriot” has forced Americans to look into the mirror and see what it has become – a sick parody of cruelty come to life. Most Americans are not aware that the armed forces, through its sanctions program, committed the equivalent of a WTC attack on Iraq on a frequency of every three weeks for ten years from 1990 to 2001. They are unaware that Secretary of State Madeleine Albright even proudly admitted that these sanctions had killed more than 500,000 Iraqi children as of 1996 on the “60 Minutes” program when interviewed by Leslie Stahl. This went without even a peep of protest among “good, clean, god-fearing Americans” whose government is now persecuting you for daring to rip the veil off the evil. And this evil sanctions program continued until the post-9/11 war began and a new kind of slaughter took center stage. As you can see, the total of victims reached perhaps one million by then (after another five years of sanctions), and perhaps another 500,000 to 1 million have died in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan since then. This ghastly total, plus three million more Vietnamese (Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s figures) people burned, shot, and blown to smithereens in the Vietnam War and many tens of thousands poisoned since then by our chemical weapons there have made the US a bona fide terror state. And now the boobus Americanus wonders why people shake their heads in disgust at the Nazification of America’s government and its obedient servants and cheerleaders in death.

Sadly, this willingness to victimize others is not a quality possessed only by the “right” of the political spectrum. In no less a cruel and cowardly manner, the “left” is willing to use the coercive tools of government to victimize others who do not fall into line with their regimented, Procrustean ideas about wealth and hatred of economic liberty and free association. They have elevated the sin of envy to a green-colored sacrament, just as the war-mongers have elevated mass-murder to a red-toned virtue. This type of fascism applies equally to those who invade other countries and those who invade others’ wallets. They are both cut from the same cloth in their willingness to coerce otherwise peaceful people into obedience. It is heroes like you who help to expose these evil practices, and I wish you all the best in your brave stand. Surely you must be an example of all that is best in humanity to those who lock you behind bars.

I am sad and disgusted at the treatment you received by people who live off of my tax dollars – dollars that I am forced to pay against my will to support great evil. I am sorry that you have been denied justice by your imprisonment for doing well, for doing right. I am sorry that a despicable judge presides – much as the callous Nazi judge, Roland Freisler (who was a communist before he was a Nazi; big difference, eh?) – who presided over the kangaroo-court trails of the heroic Sophie Scholl, her brother, their philosopher teacher, and the other heroic young members of the anti-Nazi movement called The White Rose. If you ever have a chance, there is a 2005 film about it called “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.” Your actions remind me of the heroic behavior of these young people. I hope you can someday enjoy it.

While you may not know it and the locked-down media of this country will not permit its discussion, you are considered a hero by millions of people around the world. Your imprisonment is an indictment of the government that rules over us all. It is an indictment of President Obama, who has mimicked George Bush, who has mimicked Bill Clinton, who has mimicked George H.W. Bush – and on and on, one criminal in the White House after another – all elected by the shameless people of the USSA.

In a way, perhaps we are all prisoners. Those of us out here – on the outside of your prison walls – will not admit this about our existence. To do so would come too close to the truth of things. You, having been kidnapped and thrown in a cage, cannot lie to yourself in this way – as we on the outside can, if we are so cowardly as to allow ourselves such a delusion. But just as “truth is treason in an empire of lies,” your imprisonment is a metaphor for what this country has become. None dare admit how deep is the pit into which our government and its obedient “respectable” servants have descended or how low they have gone and will surely go.

While the tone of this letter is depressing in a way, it is only dark insofar as it is a stark contrast to the spark of bright light that has illuminated us. You are that spark, and your light has sent the cockroaches into a frenzy of cover-up and fear. The president’s lies are piled higher each day, and his minions must lie themselves into tangles of excuses and lies. And they are helped because we live in the United States of Amnesia, to steal a phrase from Gore Vital. Americans love to be lied to and promised this and that so that they can avoid the pain of thinking and acting righteously. That’s why you have been imprisoned.

I hope you know that you are in a long line of heroes, and your name will live far beyond that of anyone who imprisons you – all of them forgettable because of their faceless, nameless banal cruelty – which is so common that it is as forgettable as yesterday’s dirt. You are not forgettable. They can put you in a hole and try to hide you from the world, but your light shines out of it and acts as inspiration. You already know that Edward Snowden was inspired by you to expose even more lies, and he is making a laughing stock out of Obama and his supporters as well as the Republicans who are identical in their twisted behaviors.

You really are an inspiration – even if the people who can receive the light of your example and enable it to illuminate their path are not the ones who hold the keys to your cell or have their scrofulous hands on the levers of power. Your brilliant example cannot be contained, and those who now persecute you will one day be ashamed. And those who know them will be ashamed of them. This has all happened before in one way or another, and while your suffering is beyond my experience, I hope that in realizing how cherished you are by so many, you will receive some comfort.

If this letter helps to bolster your spirit in any way, it has done its job. I chose to go beyond merely telling you how wonderful your acts are. Instead, I chose to tell you why they are heroic and why they are good and why they are to be admired. This required me to rattle off a list of depressing facts – a parade of evil that serves – by its contrast – to bring into high relief the nature of your inspiring behavior. I hope your family is proud of you. I hope your neighbors are proud of you. I hope – even more important – that you continue to be proud of your actions and to retain your faith in their high value.

The hearts of human beings all over the world are with you – even if you can’t possibly know it from where you sit and even if they cannot give voice to it. I hope that this letter is at least a teaspoon in that ocean of goodwill.

You make me want to believe in god more than all the believers in the world. Perhaps you are the greatest proof that such a thing is possible. God bless you, Bradley Manning

Sincerely,

Lawrence M. Ludlow

Aug 132013
 

Americans Giving Up Passports Jump Sixfold as FATCA Rules Loom

By Dylan Griffiths – Edits Morpheus Titania

Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship surged sixfold in the second quarter from a year earlier as the government prepares to introduce tougher asset-disclosure rules.

Expatriates giving up their nationality at U.S. embassies climbed to 1,131 in the three months through June from 189 in the year-earlier period, according to Federal Register figures published today. That brought the first-half total to 1,810 compared with 235 for the whole of 2008.

The U.S., the only nation in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that taxes citizens wherever they reside, is searching for what it calls “tax cheats” in offshore centers, including Switzerland, as the government tries to curb the budget deficit. Shunned by Swiss and German banks and facing tougher asset-disclosure rules under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, FACTA more of the estimated 6 million Americans living overseas are weighing the cost of holding a U.S. passport.

“With the looming deadline for FATCA, more and more U.S. citizens are becoming aware that they have U.S. tax reporting obligations,” said Matthew Ledvina, a U.S. tax lawyer at Anaford AG in Zurich. “Once aware, they decide to renounce their U.S. citizenship.”

FATCA somehow requires foreign financial institutions to report to the Internal Revenue Service information about financial accounts held by U.S. taxpayers, or held by foreign entities in which U.S. taxpayers hold a substantial ownership interest.  The US government is the biggest bully on the planet, other institutions, in sovereign nations, are buckling to the will of the, Out of Control BORG GOVERNMENT.  It was estimated these Draconian rules will suck 8.7 billion FRN’s into the coffers over 10 years, according to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.

The people that are expatriating are some of the most wealth individuals in the US.  Their wealth will not be able to be used creatively for projects that will improve the quality of life for those living in the US.  As more and more people continue to see the US not as the light on the hill but the “Policeman” who’s actions mimic the greatest Criminals mind ever created. Those people with their resources will continue to leave and find places they can be left alone.

Delaying Implementation

The 2010 FATCA law requires banks to withhold 30 percent from “certain U.S.-connected payments” to some accounts of American clients who don’t disclose enough information to the IRS. While banks can sign agreements to report to the IRS individually, many are precluded from doing so by privacy laws in their jurisdictions.

The Treasury Department last month announced that the IRS will delay the start of FATCA by six months until July 1, 2014, to give foreign banks time to comply with the law. The extension of the act follows a previous one-year delay announced in 2011.

Financial institutions including Canada’s Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) and Allianz SE of Germany have expressed concerns that FATCA is too complex.

The latest delay comes after the Swiss government agreed in February to simplifications that will help the country’s banks implement FATCA.

Penalty Threat

“The United States wishes to ensure that all income earned worldwide by U.S. taxpayers on accounts held abroad can be taxed by the United States,” the Swiss government said on April 10.

Since 2011, Americans, who disclose their non-U.S. bank accounts to the IRS, must file the more expansive 8938 form that asks for all foreign financial assets, including insurance contracts, loans and shareholdings in non-U.S. companies.

Failure to file the 8938 form can result in a fine of as much as 50,000 FRN’s. Clients can also be penalized half the amount in an undeclared foreign bank account under the Banks Secrecy Act of 1970.

The implementation of FATCA from July next year comes after UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank, paid a 780 million FRN penalty in 2009 and handed over data on about 4,700 accounts to settle a tax-evasion dispute with the U.S. Whistle-blower Bradley Birkenfeld was sentenced to 40 months in a U.S. prison in 2009 after informing the government and Senate about his American clients at the Geneva branch of Zurich-based UBS AG. (UBSN)

Compliance Costs

The additional compliance costs for companies to ensure that Americans they hire are filing the correct U.S. tax returns and asset-declaration forms are at least 5,000 FRN’s per person, said Ledvina.

For individuals, the costs are also rising. Getting a mortgage or acquiring life insurance is becoming almost impossible for American citizens living overseas, Ledvina said.

“With increased U.S. tax reporting, U.S. accounting costs alone are around 2,000 FRN’s per year for a U.S. citizen residing abroad,” the tax lawyer said. “Adding factors, such as difficulty in finding a bank to accept a U.S. citizen as a client, it is difficult to justify keeping the U.S. citizenship for those who reside permanently abroad.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Dylan Griffiths in Geneva at dgriffiths1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Frank Connelly at fconnelly@bloomberg.net

Further edits by Morpheus morpheus@titanians.org

Jul 122013
 

Snowden wants Russia asylum, lawmaker says

In this image provided by Human Rights Watch, NSA leaker Edward Snowden, center, attends a news conference at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport with Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks, left, Friday, July 12, 2013. Snowden wants to seek asylum in Russia, according to a Parliament member who was among about a dozen activists and officials to meet with him Friday in the Moscow airport where he's been marooned for weeks. Duma member Vyacheslav Nikonov told reporters of Snowden's intentions after the meeting behind closed doors in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. (AP Photo/Human Rights Watch, Tanya Lokshina)
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MOSCOW (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wants asylum in Russia and is willing to stop sharing information as a trade-off for such a deal, according to a lawmaker who was among a dozen activists and officials to meet with him Friday at the Moscow airport where he has been marooned for weeks.

Snowden appeared nervous, but in apparently good health during the meeting behind closed doors in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo airport, Duma member Vyacheslav Nikonov told reporters.

Human Rights Watch provided a photo of Snowden at the meeting, the first new image to appear of the former NSA systems analyst since the Guardian newspaper broke the story of widespread U.S. Internet surveillance based on his leaks.

Whether Russia would be willing to take Snowden up on his request is unclear. The Kremlin has signaled that it wants Snowden out. But granting asylum would be a diplomatically risky move, threatening to worsen Moscow-Washington already strained by U.S. criticism of President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on the country’s opposition and Putin’s allegation that the U.S. is meddling in Russian affairs.

But it would allow Putin to portray Russia as a principled defender of human rights and openness, despite the fact that it allows its security agencies to monitor the Internet.

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In this image provided by Human Rights Watch, NSA leaker Edward Snowden, center, attends a news conf …

Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, told Russian news agencies after the announcement that Russia has not yet received a new bid for asylum and that Putin would continue with his insistence that Snowden stop leaking information.

Both Nikonov and Genri Reznik, a lawyer who participated in the meeting, said Snowden was willing to stop leaks.

“He said he was informed of this condition and that he can easily accept it. He does not intend to damage the United States’ interests given that he is a patriot of his country,” Nikonov said. However, it is unclear whether Snowden still is holding onto potentially sensitive information about U.S. intelligence operations.

Snowden is believed to have been stuck in the transit zone since June 23, when he arrived on a flight from Hong Kong, where he had gone before his revelations were made public. He had been expected to transfer in Moscow to a Cuba-bound flight, but did not get on the plane.

A brief video of the meeting’s opening shown on the Russian news site Life News showed Snowden speaking, then being interrupted by a flight announcement on the airport’s public-address system

“I’ve heard that a lot in the past weeks,” Snowden said, smiling ironically.

Snowden made an initial bid for Russian asylum, but Putin said he would have to agree to stop leaking before asylum would be considered. Snowden then withdrew his bid.

Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua recently have offered him asylum, but it is unclear if he could fly to any of those countries from Moscow without passing through airspace of the United States or its allies. Some European countries allegedly refused to allow Bolivian President Evo Morales to fly through their airspace on his way home from Moscow last week because of suspicions that Snowden was on his plane.

In a text of his opening statement at the meeting released by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, Snowden said he wanted to accept all asylum offers and travel to the countries that have made them “to extend my personal thanks to their people and leaders.”

He also denounced the United States for what he said was pressuring its allies to block him from their airspace. Snowden could be hoping that Washington would not risk trying to block a flight he was on if he had Russian asylum.

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Journalists gather around Genri Reznik, a prominent lawyer and head of the Moscow bar association, a …

In the short term, he could also be seeking Russian asylum simply as a way of being able to get out of the airport and move freely.

How long a decision would take is unclear. Anatoly Kucherena, a member of a Kremlin advisory body who was at the meeting, said the process could take two to three weeks. But Putin’s imprimatur could accelerate the process, as it did when French actor Gerard Depardieu was granted Russian citizenship in a matter of a few days.

The activists at the meeting included Sergei Nikitin, head of Amnesty International’s Russia office, and Tatiana Lokshina, deputy head of the Russian office of Human Rights Watch. Also taken into the meeting room was Russia’s presidential human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin.

They came after an email in Snowden’s name was sent on Thursday. On Facebook, Lokshina posted the text of the email, which says in part that Snowden wants to make “a brief statement and discussion regarding the next steps forward in my situation.”

Hundreds of journalists flocked to the airport, but were kept in a hallway outside the meeting area which was behind a gray door marked “staff only.” It was not clear if Snowden would have to come out that door or if he could exit by another route.

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A view of Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 12, 2013. A Russian official of  …

Russia has said it cannot extradite him because by remaining in the transit zone he is technically outside Russian territory.

Although the meeting left Snowden’s fate still uncertain, it at least confirmed where he was; speculation had swirled that he had been spirited out of the country.

“We found for ourselves that he is real, he’s no phantom,” said Kuchurena.

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Jim Heintz in Moscow contributed to this report.

Jun 212013
 

Edward Snowden Readies Private Plane for Icelandic Asylum

Reuters  |  Posted: 06/20/2013 6:38 pm EDT

REYKJAVIK, June 20 (Reuters) – An Icelandic businessman linked to WikiLeaks said he has readied a private plane to take Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed secret U.S. surveillance programmes, to Iceland if the government grants him asylum.

“We have made everything ready at our end now we only have to wait for confirmation from the (Icelandic) Interior Ministry,” Olafur Vignir Sigurvinsson told Reuters. He is a director of DataCell, a company which processed payments for WikiLeaks.

“A private jet is in place in China and we could fly Snowden over tomorrow if we get positive reaction from the Interior Ministry. We need to get confirmation of asylum and that he will not be extradited to the U.S. We would most want him to get a citizenship as well,” Sigurvinsson said.

Neither a WikiLeaks spokesman nor the Icelandic government were immediately available for comment.

Snowden, a former employee of contractor Booz Allen Hamilton who worked in an NSA facility in Hawaii, made world headlines this month after providing details of the programmes to the Guardian and Washington Post and fleeing to Hong Kong.

Earlier this week, WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said a middleman had approached him on behalf of Snowden to seek asylum in Iceland.

The Icelandic government, which has declined to say whether they would grant asylum to Snowden, confirmed it had received the message from Hrafnsson.

Birgitta Jonsdottir, a lawmaker for the Pirate Party in Iceland which campaigns for Internet freedom, said the only way for Snowden to travel to the Nordic country would be to have Icelandic citizenship.

Snowden has mentioned Iceland as a possible refuge.

Iceland has a reputation for promoting Internet freedoms, but Snowden has said he did not travel there immediately from the United States because he feared the country of 320,000 could be pressured by Washington.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over allegations of sex offences, visited Iceland several times in the run-up to some of the website’s major releases. Assange denies any wrongdoing.

WikiLeaks and DataCell won a ruling this year in Iceland’s Supreme Court against MasterCard’s local partner.

The court upheld a lower court’s ruling that the payment card company had illegally ended its contract with the website. WikiLeaks’ funding had been squeezed without the ability to accept card payments. (Reporting by Robert Robertsson; Writing by Alistair Scrutton; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Jun 142013
 

Support Snowden Rally Hong Kong

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Support Edward Snowden HK香港聲援愛德華.斯諾登

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“My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate.
I have been given no reason to doubt your system.”
– Edward Snowden

Meet 3pm, Chater Garden, Central Exit J2 | 本周六下午3點中環地鐵 J2出口

March to the US consulate, then HK SAR HQ in Tamar.

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Albert Ho, Chairman of HK Alliance & ex-Democratic Party leader: “Why this case is important for HK’s future”
Ip lam Chong, In-Media HK: “The implications of Edward Snowden coming to Hong Kong”
Claudia Mo, LEGCO member, founding member of Civic Party: “Whistleblowers and free speech in HK”

Speaking at the US Consulate:
Charles Mok, LEGCO member: “The right to communicate safely online and freedom of expression”

Speaking at HK Gov’t HQ:
Law Yuk Kai, Director, HK Human Rights Monitor: “Hong Kong’s legal system & international legal system”
Ronny Tong, Civic Party LEGCO member: ” “

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  • Edward Snowden, the whistleblower behind the NSA internet and phone surveillance program has come to Hong Kong because, he says, we “have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent”. Snowden sacrificed his personal safety and freedom to defend our right to free speech and Internet freedom.
  • We call on Hong Kong to respect international legal standards and procedures relating to the protection of Snowden; we condemn the U.S. government for violating our rights and privacy; and we call on the U.S. not to prosecute Snowden.”
  • Do you want to stand for freedom and the rule of law? Or should we totally disregard Hong Kong’s legal system? This episode marks a crossroads in Hong Kong’s future. Stand up for the future of Hong Kong.
  • Time: 3-5:30pm, Saturday June 15, 2013. Please bring a whistle!
  • Rally route: Starting 3pm at Chater Garden, Central MTR exit J2. Rally to the U.S Consulate and then Tamar SAR government building.
  • Rally preparation: Please bring your friends, prepare for rain and try to bring water resistant posters. Slogan suggestions: “Defend Free Speech, Protect Snowden”, “No Extradition”, “Respect Hong Kong Law”, “Shame on NSA”, “Stop Internet Surveillance”, “Betray Snowden = Betray Freedom”.

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  • 揭發美國國家安全局侵犯全球互聯網和電話用戶私隱的愛德華.斯諾登目前正藏身香港,
    因為他相信香港「很重視言論自由和表達政治異見的權利」。他犧牲了自己的安逸的生活和自由,
    去捍衞大家的網絡與言論自由,這場仗不應該由他一個人來背負。
  • 請大家站出來,要求香港政府根據本身的法律去處理和保護斯諾登;譴責美國侵犯我們的權利與私隱,
    要求美國政府不要壓害這位人權捍衞者。
  • 我們亦要借這機會,告訴世界,香港市民會站出來,捍衞自由、人權和法治等普世價值。
    發出我們的聲音,向壓迫者說不!
  • 遊行時間:2013年6月15日下午3點至5點半。 請帶上口哨,我們都是 whistleblowers.
  • 遊行路線:3點於遮打花園(中環站J2出口)起步遊行至美國領事館抗議,
    再遊行至添馬艦政府總部要求港府保護斯諾登。
  • 遊行準備:請呼朋引伴一齊來;由於當天可能下雨,請自備一些防水的海報和橫額。遊行的口號包括:
    「捍衞自由港 保護斯諾登」、「停止互聯網監控」、「NSA可恥」、「出賣斯諾登=出賣自由」

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Next Media Trade Union 壹傳媒工會
Defend HK Freedom 保衛香港自由聯盟
Autonomous8a 自治八樓
Hong Kong Women’s Worker Association 婦女勞工協會
League of Social Democrats 社會民主連線
Hong Kong Civil Liberties Union
Democratic Party 民主黨
Labour Party 工黨
The Neighbourhood and Worker’s Service Centre 街工
Student Union of The Chinese University of Hong Kong 中大學生會
Globalisation Monitor 全球化監察

Jun 132013
 

Edward Snowden May Defect to China

U.S. intelligence officials on the trail of rogue contractor Edward Snowden are now treating the National Security Agency leak case as a possible foreign espionage matter, raising fears that the 29-year-old computer whiz may be attempting to defect to China with a trove of America’s most sensitive secrets, according to three U.S. officials.

“I think there is a real concern about that,” a senior official familiar with the case told ABC News on Thursday. Another law enforcement official said it was a “very legitimate” worry.

In an interview Wednesday with Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, Snowden said his country “had been hacking into computers in Hong Kong and [in China] for years.”

Those remarks alarmed intelligence officials, who considered those statements as much of a betrayal as his alleged leaking of highly classified files on the NSA’s vast surveillance program to two newspapers last week, the senior official said.

Investigators are scrambling to piece together what may have been swiped by Snowden, who said he was in contact with two reporters to whom he eventually leaked Top Secret files before he took a $122,000 a year job as an NSA contractor with technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton in Hawaii last March.

The Guardian, the British paper that first broke stories on NSA surveillance programs allegedly based on Snowden’s information, reported overnight that Snowden took four laptops filled with secrets with him when he fled from Hawaii to Hong Kong late last month. Glenn Greenwald, a columnist for The Guardian, has promised more stories exposing U.S. operations were to come.

Jeremy Bash, former CIA and Pentagon Chief of Staff, told ABC News today that the possibility of Snowden defecting to China, or even cooperating with Chinese officials, is a top concern for U.S. officials.

“He could do tremendous damage,” Bash said during an interview for the ABC News/Yahoo Power Players series. “I think if a foreign government learned everything that was in Edward Snowden’s brain, they would have a good window into the way we collect signals intelligence… He had access to highly classified information.”

Piecing Together Edward Snowden’s Mysterious Past

When Edward Snowden revealed himself to be the source of the NSA leaks in an interview with The Guardian Sunday, he briefly described how he went from a high school dropout to a man entrusted with some of the nation’s most closely guarded secrets. An investigation by ABC News pieced together the many parts that he left out.

After Snowden quit high school, he earned his GED and then undertook a self-designed college education through a patchwork of classes at community, for-profit and online schools.

As a young man, Snowden lived on his own, according to a neighbor, and took work at a Japanese anime website based in a residential home on the Fort Meade, Maryland Army post, just one block from the National Security Agency headquarters.

During this period, it appears he designed his own syllabus, taking college courses at five different institutions without bothering to seek a diploma — an unorthodox path to a career in the world of high-tech intelligence gathering.

Jun 092013
 

Edward Snowden: the NSA Surveillance whistleblower

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.

The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” he said.

Snowden will go down in history as one of America’s most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. He is responsible for handing over material from one of the world’s most secretive organisations – the NSA.

In a note accompanying the first set of documents he provided, he wrote: “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions,” but “I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.”

Despite his determination to be publicly unveiled, he repeatedly insisted that he wants to avoid the media spotlight. “I don’t want public attention because I don’t want the story to be about me. I want it to be about what the US government is doing.”

He does not fear the consequences of going public, he said, only that doing so will distract attention from the issues raised by his disclosures. “I know the media likes to personalise political debates, and I know the government will demonise me.”

Despite these fears, he remained hopeful his outing will not divert attention from the substance of his disclosures. “I really want the focus to be on these documents and the debate which I hope this will trigger among citizens around the globe about what kind of world we want to live in.” He added: “My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.”

He has had “a very comfortable life” that included a salary of roughly $200,000, a girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Hawaii, a stable career, and a family he loves. “I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”

‘I am not afraid, because this is the choice I’ve made’

Three weeks ago, Snowden made final preparations that resulted in last week’s series of blockbuster news stories. At the NSA office in Hawaii where he was working, he copied the last set of documents he intended to disclose.

He then advised his NSA supervisor that he needed to be away from work for “a couple of weeks” in order to receive treatment for epilepsy, a condition he learned he suffers from after a series of seizures last year.

As he packed his bags, he told his girlfriend that he had to be away for a few weeks, though he said he was vague about the reason. “That is not an uncommon occurrence for someone who has spent the last decade working in the intelligence world.”

On May 20, he boarded a flight to Hong Kong, where he has remained ever since. He chose the city because “they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent”, and because he believed that it was one of the few places in the world that both could and would resist the dictates of the US government.

In the three weeks since he arrived, he has been ensconced in a hotel room. “I’ve left the room maybe a total of three times during my entire stay,” he said. It is a plush hotel and, what with eating meals in his room too, he has run up big bills.

He is deeply worried about being spied on. He lines the door of his hotel room with pillows to prevent eavesdropping. He puts a large red hood over his head and laptop when entering his passwords to prevent any hidden cameras from detecting them.

Though that may sound like paranoia to some, Snowden has good reason for such fears. He worked in the US intelligence world for almost a decade. He knows that the biggest and most secretive surveillance organisation in America, the NSA, along with the most powerful government on the planet, is looking for him.

Since the disclosures began to emerge, he has watched television and monitored the internet, hearing all the threats and vows of prosecution emanating from Washington.

And he knows only too well the sophisticated technology available to them and how easy it will be for them to find him. The NSA police and other law enforcement officers have twice visited his home in Hawaii and already contacted his girlfriend, though he believes that may have been prompted by his absence from work, and not because of suspicions of any connection to the leaks.

“All my options are bad,” he said. The US could begin extradition proceedings against him, a potentially problematic, lengthy and unpredictable course for Washington. Or the Chinese government might whisk him away for questioning, viewing him as a useful source of information. Or he might end up being grabbed and bundled into a plane bound for US territory.

“Yes, I could be rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after me. Or any of the third-party partners. They work closely with a number of other nations. Or they could pay off the Triads. Any of their agents or assets,” he said.

“We have got a CIA station just up the road – the consulate here in Hong Kong – and I am sure they are going to be busy for the next week. And that is a concern I will live with for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be.”

Having watched the Obama administration prosecute whistleblowers at a historically unprecedented rate, he fully expects the US government to attempt to use all its weight to punish him. “I am not afraid,” he said calmly, “because this is the choice I’ve made.”

He predicts the government will launch an investigation and “say I have broken the Espionage Act and helped our enemies, but that can be used against anyone who points out how massive and invasive the system has become”.

The only time he became emotional during the many hours of interviews was when he pondered the impact his choices would have on his family, many of whom work for the US government. “The only thing I fear is the harmful effects on my family, who I won’t be able to help any more. That’s what keeps me up at night,” he said, his eyes welling up with tears.

‘You can’t wait around for someone else to act’

Snowden did not always believe the US government posed a threat to his political values. He was brought up originally in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. His family moved later to Maryland, near the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade.

By his own admission, he was not a stellar student. In order to get the credits necessary to obtain a high school diploma, he attended a community college in Maryland, studying computing, but never completed the coursework. (He later obtained his GED.)

In 2003, he enlisted in the US army and began a training program to join the Special Forces. Invoking the same principles that he now cites to justify his leaks, he said: “I wanted to fight in the Iraq war because I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression”.

He recounted how his beliefs about the war’s purpose were quickly dispelled. “Most of the people training us seemed pumped up about killing Arabs, not helping anyone,” he said. After he broke both his legs in a training accident, he was discharged.

After that, he got his first job in an NSA facility, working as a security guard for one of the agency’s covert facilities at the University of Maryland. From there, he went to the CIA, where he worked on IT security. His understanding of the internet and his talent for computer programming enabled him to rise fairly quickly for someone who lacked even a high school diploma.

By 2007, the CIA stationed him with diplomatic cover in Geneva, Switzerland. His responsibility for maintaining computer network security meant he had clearance to access a wide array of classified documents.

That access, along with the almost three years he spent around CIA officers, led him to begin seriously questioning the rightness of what he saw.

He described as formative an incident in which he claimed CIA operatives were attempting to recruit a Swiss banker to obtain secret banking information. Snowden said they achieved this by purposely getting the banker drunk and encouraging him to drive home in his car. When the banker was arrested for drunk driving, the undercover agent seeking to befriend him offered to help, and a bond was formed that led to successful recruitment.

“Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world,” he says. “I realised that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good.”

He said it was during his CIA stint in Geneva that he thought for the first time about exposing government secrets. But, at the time, he chose not to for two reasons.

First, he said: “Most of the secrets the CIA has are about people, not machines and systems, so I didn’t feel comfortable with disclosures that I thought could endanger anyone”. Secondly, the election of Barack Obama in 2008 gave him hope that there would be real reforms, rendering disclosures unnecessary.

He left the CIA in 2009 in order to take his first job working for a private contractor that assigned him to a functioning NSA facility, stationed on a military base in Japan. It was then, he said, that he “watched as Obama advanced the very policies that I thought would be reined in”, and as a result, “I got hardened.”

The primary lesson from this experience was that “you can’t wait around for someone else to act. I had been looking for leaders, but I realised that leadership is about being the first to act.”

Over the next three years, he learned just how all-consuming the NSA’s surveillance activities were, claiming “they are intent on making every conversation and every form of behaviour in the world known to them”.

He described how he once viewed the internet as “the most important invention in all of human history”. As an adolescent, he spent days at a time “speaking to people with all sorts of views that I would never have encountered on my own”.

But he believed that the value of the internet, along with basic privacy, is being rapidly destroyed by ubiquitous surveillance. “I don’t see myself as a hero,” he said, “because what I’m doing is self-interested: I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.”

Once he reached the conclusion that the NSA’s surveillance net would soon be irrevocable, he said it was just a matter of time before he chose to act. “What they’re doing” poses “an existential threat to democracy”, he said.

A matter of principle

As strong as those beliefs are, there still remains the question: why did he do it? Giving up his freedom and a privileged lifestyle? “There are more important things than money. If I were motivated by money, I could have sold these documents to any number of countries and gotten very rich.”

For him, it is a matter of principle. “The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to,” he said.

His allegiance to internet freedom is reflected in the stickers on his laptop: “I support Online Rights: Electronic Frontier Foundation,” reads one. Another hails the online organisation offering anonymity, the Tor Project.

Asked by reporters to establish his authenticity to ensure he is not some fantasist, he laid bare, without hesitation, his personal details, from his social security number to his CIA ID and his expired diplomatic passport. There is no shiftiness. Ask him about anything in his personal life and he will answer.

He is quiet, smart, easy-going and self-effacing. A master on computers, he seemed happiest when talking about the technical side of surveillance, at a level of detail comprehensible probably only to fellow communication specialists. But he showed intense passion when talking about the value of privacy and how he felt it was being steadily eroded by the behaviour of the intelligence services.

His manner was calm and relaxed but he has been understandably twitchy since he went into hiding, waiting for the knock on the hotel door. A fire alarm goes off. “That has not happened before,” he said, betraying anxiety wondering if was real, a test or a CIA ploy to get him out onto the street.

Strewn about the side of his bed are his suitcase, a plate with the remains of room-service breakfast, and a copy of Angler, the biography of former vice-president Dick Cheney.

Ever since last week’s news stories began to appear in the Guardian, Snowden has vigilantly watched TV and read the internet to see the effects of his choices. He seemed satisfied that the debate he longed to provoke was finally taking place.

He lay, propped up against pillows, watching CNN’s Wolf Blitzer ask a discussion panel about government intrusion if they had any idea who the leaker was. From 8,000 miles away, the leaker looked on impassively, not even indulging in a wry smile.

Snowden said that he admires both Ellsberg and Manning, but argues that there is one important distinction between himself and the army private, whose trial coincidentally began the week Snowden’s leaks began to make news.

“I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest,” he said. “There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn’t turn over, because harming people isn’t my goal. Transparency is.”

He purposely chose, he said, to give the documents to journalists whose judgment he trusted about what should be public and what should remain concealed.

As for his future, he is vague. He hoped the publicity the leaks have generated will offer him some protection, making it “harder for them to get dirty”.

He views his best hope as the possibility of asylum, with Iceland – with its reputation of a champion of internet freedom – at the top of his list. He knows that may prove a wish unfulfilled.

But after the intense political controversy he has already created with just the first week’s haul of stories, “I feel satisfied that this was all worth it. I have no regrets.”