The Pardu

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Edward Snowden, US Citizens As Spies, FSB,

On May 9, 2014 Bob Cesca via his The Daily Banter reported on a Wall street Journal article about Al Qaeda's revamped code encryption post Edward Snowden's narcissistic espionage and flight to Russia via  via China.

The Daily Banter 

Whoops! Report Confirms Al-Qaeda Switched to New Encryption Software Post-Snowden

The Wall Street Journal reports today that a “web intelligence” company called Recorded Future has determined that in the months following the initial NSA revelations by former contractor Edward Snowden, al-Qaeda operatives switched to new encryption software for the first time in seven years.

Since 2007, the main encryption software for al Qaeda was called Asrar al-Mujahideen which means Mujahideen Secrets. Four to six months after the Snowden leaks, three Middle Eastern groups released three significant new tool sets for encryption, against a baseline of basically no new products for seven years, said Christopher Ahlberg, CEO of Recorded Future, which uses large quantities of publicly available online data to predict the timing and targets of future cyberattacks.             
“Of course, this could be random, but it seems unlikely,” said Mr. Ahlberg, in an email. “Snowden provided the motivation and his leaks highlighted the means.”                                                                            Read More

As we watch various campaigns to enact a forgiving nation regarding the nation's nascent and most heinous "spy," I am reminded of similar efforts to expunge the record and legacy for Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice. Alas, such a forgiving nation when we should least forget!

While some view Snowden the Circa 20123 hero, I stack up up against, Aldrich Ames, Kim Philby, Robert Hanssen, and John Anthony Walker. You might say Snowden hasn't received no money from any nation for his espionage? You might say but how is Snowden living in Russia. He appears well fed and doesn't have outward appearance of longing for his girlfriend. Let's not forget Snowden is outside the reach of the IRS and any remuneration, if available, is not susceptible to scrutiny via Freedom of Information laws.

As Snowden goes about his cleansing campaign and personal initiative towards possible award of a Nobel Prize, he finds willing facilitators. NBC's Brian Williams, is the latest facilitator. Despite Snowden's words of self-praise, I personally find comical his claim of a "deep cover" spy. An assigned alias, if a matter of fact, is not the defining evidence of a "deep cover" spy.

We will not post Snowden's latest media exhibition via NBC.  We prefer to explore various perspectives on his being and the real prospect he has damaged US INTEL for years to come. The ultimate question is, "has his revelations and the corrective measures hereafter worthy of the prospect of facilitating enemies of the our nation. I hope we are wise enough to know that Snowden is an INTEL object via Russian INTEL. As posted in a TPI piece yesterday a former Russian KGB "intake agent/director" authoritatively asserts Snowden is now working for the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB).

Joy Ann Reid, MSNBC's The Reid Report, broadcast an eight plus minutes segment that sums-up both sides of the Snowden kerfuffle.

Two top Cold War spies have indicated, in a Business Insider piece of May 27th, 2014, congruent opinions of Snowden as turned-out like a "snitch in a hard-core non-conjugal visits prison population."

Business Insider  
Two Top Cold War Spies Made The Same Troubling Prediction About Edward Snowden           Excerpt                                                                                        Jack Devine, a former director of CIA operations, and ex-KGB General Olig Kalugin believe that if the 30-year-old was not a Russian asset when he stole hundreds of thousands of NSA documents, he is now. 
"It would be most unusual if he were allowed to remain there as a guest for free," Devine said. “I don’t think he was a controlled asset, but I think at the end of the day he will be." 
Kalugin, who was the youngest KGB general in history, was blunt: “These days, the Russians are very pleased with the gifts Edward Snowden has given them," the 80-year-old told VentureBeat. "He’s busy doing something. He is not just idling his way through life."
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Excerpt                                                                Kalugin went as far as to say that he believed Putin got everything Snowden accessed, which top U.S. officials say includes military documents: “Whatever he had access to in his former days at NSA, I believe he shared all of it with the Russians, and they are very grateful." 

Devine likened Snowden's personality to Aldrich Ames — a American who spent years giving secrets to Russia and is now serving life in prison — and said that the Russians would know what to do with him. 

“The Russians have been doing espionage for a long time," Devine said. "They understand the psychology of discontented people."
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“In youth we learn; in age we understand.” – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830 – 1916)

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