Streetwise Professor

July 25, 2013

Snowden Makes Friends and Seeks Work

Filed under: Military,Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 7:01 pm

The absurdity of the Snowden situation has reached a new level with reports that he has applied to join a group of ex-KGB veterans with the charming name “Friends of the Siloviki.” What better way to battle for human rights and fight for freedom from government surveillance than by associating with veterans of the most repressive and intrusive instrument of state control in modern history?

Speaking of KGB/FSB types, Snowden’s lawyer Kucherena (how did Snowden find him anyways?  Yandex?  The Yellowski Pages? Список Крейга? 😛 Or a “suggestion”/”recommendation” from his minders?) says that Eddie might try to find employment in Russia.  This actually makes some sense of why Snowden chose to go to Russia.  After all, what better place for someone with 1337 hacker skillz to make a killing than Russia? There are great opportunities in both the private and state sectors.

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  1. The country that plows $80 bn yearly into its intelligence industrial complex doth protest too much about foreign hackers.

    Comment by aaa — July 26, 2013 @ 1:12 am

  2. @aaa-That was a particularly asinine comment, even coming from you. Whataboutism at its worst.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — July 26, 2013 @ 5:49 am

  3. In recent years we saw a constant drumbeat of news about “cyberwarfare”, all manufactured by law enforcement and intelligence sources who have a vested interest in increasing their budgets dedicated to countering this supposed threat. The money being spent here is as useful as the money that was spent on stealth bombers, ICBMs with MIRV warheads and that missile shield the US wanted to build in Russia’s back yard. At least there you had a side benefit in provoking the other side to waste more money in a futile arms race. Here it’s pure waste. (Or maybe I should have said “fiscal stimulus”?)

    Comment by aaa — July 26, 2013 @ 6:09 am

  4. The Snowden affair reminds me of something that was often said during the Cambridge Ring and so on scandals in the UK back in the Sixties. That it was worth remembering that while people like Philby were willing to spy for the Soviet Union, ending up living in Moscow was not exactly their goal. Their goal was to take Soviet money while continuing to enjoy the Western lifestyle they were busy betraying. Actually ending up in Moscow was a huge Fail, and almost always a life sentence with no parole.

    Comment by jon livesey — July 30, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

  5. aaa:

    As someone who works in high tech industry, I can report that high tech companies are at least as concerned with cyber-espionage as the Government is, and that it certainly isn’t a fake issue dreamed up to justify IT budgets.

    Comment by jon livesey — July 30, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

  6. @jon-spot on. Snowden will rue the day. He apparently thought that either he would not be detected (as if), or that he would be lionized as some sort of freedom fighter. Instead, he will go into the deep freeze-if he’s lucky.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — July 30, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

  7. @ jon and The Professor –

    Correct about Soviet-era spies: trading the West for the USSR was a bad life move. Fortunately for Snowden, Moscow and Russia today are much more pleasant for people with middle class incomes (as Snowden will probably enjoy, after he is hired by some computer company) today than they were during the dire and drab Soviet times.

    Comment by AP — August 7, 2013 @ 9:58 am

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