Edward Snowden to Hillary Clinton: Your email statements are totally ridiculous

Edward_Snowden_Ten_Most_Fascinating_People_of_2013“Snowden told reporters that it is totally ridiculous for anyone to believe that Clinton’s emails were safe from cyber attacks, and that it’s okay if anyone wishes to use his educated viewpoint in any critique of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.”

Presidential wannabe Hillary Clinton told an audience during a “staged” town hall in New Hampshire on Friday that the now infamous National Security Agency (NSA) fugitive Edward Snowden should voluntarily come back to the United States and explain his reasons for stealing and then leaking highly classified documents especially while he lived in Russia. 

One of the audience members had asked Clinton if she believed Snowden is a “patriot” or a “traitor” for revealing classified government data, but with the skill of a politician she failed to answer but did claim she questioned his motives. I think we need to continue the balance on civil liberties, privacy, and security — it’s always a challenge,” Clinton said, in the midst of being the subject of an FBI investigation into her own alleged breaches of national security. 

“Because he took valuable information and went first to China and then is now under the protection of Vladimir Putin, I think that raises a lot of questions about everything else he did. So I do not think he should escape having to return and answer for what he has done,” she told the carefully screened audience.

Many believe Clinton’s comments are tied to a statement by Snowden published in a few newspapers, mostly overseas. He had told reporters that it is totally ridiculous for anyone to believe that Clinton’s emails were safe from cyber attacks, and that it’s okay if anyone wishes to use his educated viewpoint in any critique of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

During Tuesday’s debate, Clinton had criticized Snowden saying “[He] could have been a whistleblower. He could have gotten all of the protections of being a whistleblower. He could have raised all the issues that he has raised.”

But both detractors and supporters of Snowden said that he was not entitled to whistleblower protections, which do not apply to contractors. Also, those protections are limited in the laws regarding espionage. “It’s one thing to point out government corruption or criminal activity. It’s quite another to leak classified material stolen and given to others for their own purposes,” said former military intelligence officer and police lieutenant Alan Graymore, Jr.

Clinton, who left the State Department prior to NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaking classified information in 2013, also complained about Snowden taking additional U.S. intelligence that had nothing to do with threats to American civil liberties.

“[Snowden stole] a lot of information that by any definition had nothing to do with American civil rights, liberties, and privacy, but instead were about terrorists and what other nations, just to name two, Russia and China, do to try to gather information about us and what our government tries to do to prevent that and to try to get information about them,” she told her audience in her patented self-righteous tone.

Edward Snowden became a fugitive from U.S. law enforcement after leaking classified documents in 2013 through left-wing activist Julian Assange, the owner and editor of WikiLeaks.com. With relations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Obama extremely tense, Snowden was given asylum and he currently lives in Russia.

The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation say Snowden faces a number of espionage and theft of government property charges. 



Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

2 thoughts on “Edward Snowden to Hillary Clinton: Your email statements are totally ridiculous

  • October 18, 2015 at 1:57 am

    I am former federal law enforcement as well as state and local and I am a whistle-blower and have been”public” since 1994.
    There is NO Protection under the laws of the U.S. that properly protect a whistle-blower from retaliation or harm from threats made by the government or others.
    I was personally told by former U.S. Attorney General in Washington John C. Kenney that, unless they are shooting bullets at you, there is nothing we can do”.
    Unfortunately, job retaliation is common and you better have an attorney or another career lined up.
    I am a consultant to law enforcement and whistle-blowers and anyone else that may need my help or expertise on the subject.
    With regards to Edward Snowden, I believe he is a “Whistle-blower” and he knew that there was no protection under the laws so he left the country for such protection.Anyone who believes otherwise is “Naive” or “ignorant”.
    It has also been covered up that Snowden released BELOW classified level material which did not measure up to confidential or a classified level and was NOT “Secret” or even “Top Secret”.
    If that is correct, why hasn’t the former DOS secretary been indicted for her sue of a Private Server” on her work related material which was found to be “Secret and Top Secret”??
    The former DOS Secretary is Not a whistle-blower” and deserves no protection under the laws for such Violations and should be prosecuted under the law.
    Why is there “stalling” with regards to the violations committed by the former DOS Secretary while many others are charged and prosecuted for lessor offenses?
    There is a “double standard” in this country and that is wrong.
    There is NO “Immunity” for such violations and the former DOS Secretary needs to be indicted and charged.
    I have personally suffered severe retaliation for reporting “illegal” activity by superiors in the Customs Service in my career since 1983-1998 and nothing was done to investigate my allegations which were obvious violations of the laws of this country.
    See my website: http://www.customscorruption.com

    • October 18, 2015 at 2:22 am

      Excellent summary, John.


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