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Call Me Ed: A Day With Edward Snowden
I was in a Russian hotel room, waiting for the biggest photo shoot of my life. My suite's blackout curtains were drawn,
the better to conceal the several hundred thousand dollars worth of high-powered lighting and gear we had brought with us.
Reflexively, I reached into my left pants pocket for my iPhone, but it wasn't there. For half a second, my heart fluttered, but then I remembered that I had left the phone at home so it couldn't be tapped. For the purposes of this trip, I only had an 800-ruble burner, now sitting quietly on the hotel nightstand, its Cyrillic menu unintelligible to me.
Just a few people on earth knew where I was and why—in Moscow, to sit down with Edward Snowden. It was a secret that required great efforts to keep. I told coworkers and friends that I was traveling to Paris, for “some work.” But the harder part was covering my digital tracks. Snowden himself had shown how illusory our assumption of privacy really is, a lesson we took to heart. That meant avoiding smartphones, encrypting files, holding secret meetings.
SNOWDEN HELD THE FLAG IN HIS HANDS AND DELICATELY UNFOLDED IT. YOU COULD SEE THE GEARS TURNING.
It took nearly a year of work and many months of negotiation to win Snowden's cooperation. Now the first meeting was just minutes away. I've led a lot of cover shoots in my 20 years in magazines: presidents, celebrities, people I've admired, and people I've reviled. Cowboys and stateswomen. Architects and heroes. But I'd never felt pressure like this.
At 12:15 pm, Snowden knocked on the door of our suite. He had done his homework; he knew Patrick's title before he had a chance to introduce himself. We motioned for him to join us over on the couch, and I took a seat in an armchair to his left. After the introductions (“Call me Ed”) and a few pleasantries, Platon asked him the question I know we were all thinking: “How are you doing?” It quickly became clear that, as nervous as we all were, Snowden was completely at ease. He described, in vivid detail, how he was feeling, what his days were like. He talked politics and policy, constitutional law, governmental regulation, and personal privacy. He said he was really glad to see us—Americans—and he said he was homesick. He held forth for nearly an hour, meandering from subject to subject but always precise in his vocabulary—quoting statutes and bill numbers, CIA regulations and actions, with what seemed to be total recall.
Eventually we moved into what had been the formal dining room. Platon asked Snowden to sit down on an apple box, a small wooden crate that he had used in his shoots of nearly every world leader alive today, including Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama. Platon squatted in front of his subject, as he often does, making himself small and unthreatening. He explained his process very slowly and told Snowden that he'd be asking him to reveal his innermost feelings for the camera. I moved to the back of the room and took in the scene as Platon began to shoot. The two men experimented with a number of poses, angles, and postures, and nearly an hour into shooting it was clear that Snowden was enjoying the process.
Back in New York, Platon had done some shopping at a little bodega near his studio. Now he pulled out a knotted plastic bag with his finds: a black T-shirt with the word SECURITY emblazoned in all-caps on both the front and back; another black T, featuring a giant, screaming eagle with flared talons beneath a patriotic slogan; giant red and blue poster markers; an unlined notepad; American flag patches; and an American flag (actually, the same flag brandished by Pamela Anderson in Platon's iconic 1998 George magazine cover). Platon spread the items out on the table and asked Snowden if any of the props resonated with him. Snowden laughed and picked up the SECURITY T-shirt. “That's funny,” he said. “I think it would be fun to wear that.” He went into the bathroom and changed into the shirt, and when he emerged he had his chest puffed out a bit, enjoying the joke of it. We all laughed and Platon shot a few rolls of film.
We returned to the prop table, and Snowden picked up the flag. Platon asked him what he'd do with it in a picture. Snowden held the flag in his hands and delicately unfolded it. You could see the gears turning as he weighed his year in exile against the love of country that motivated him in the first place. He said he was nervous that posing with the flag might anger people but that it meant a lot to him. He said that he loved his country. He cradled the flag and held it close to his heart. Nobody said a word, and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. We all sat there for a long moment, studying him. Then Platon yelled, “Don't move!” He clicked off frame after frame, making tiny adjustments to both the lighting and Snowden's posture, sometimes asking for him to look into the lens, sometimes just above it. We had our cover.
After that, there wasn't much else to do. We sat and talked a bit more. Snowden said he didn't really have anyplace to be, but I could tell the shoot had worn him out—and with good reason. Including a short lunch break, we'd been going for four hours. At that very moment our writer, James Bamford, was on a plane bound for Moscow; he and Snowden would meet a few days later and talk over the course of three more days.
It was time to go. Platon had brought a copy of each of his two books as a gift. Snowden asked for an inscription, and I snapped a picture of the moment. We shook hands, each of us wishing the other luck as we gathered in the foyer. “I hope our paths cross again someday,” Platon said. “I hope I get to see you back at home, in the US.” Snowden looked straight at him as he threw his backpack over his shoulder and said, “You probably won't.” With that, he closed the door and was gone.
Ed Snowden granted three year residence permit in Russia
Edward Snowden has received a residence permit in Russia, which is valid for three years, starting on August 1, the former NSA contractor’s lawyer announced.
Snowden's life in Russia: ‘Much happier than be unfairly tried in US’
“On the first of August he received a three-year residence permit,” lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told reporters.
He added that Snowden had not asked for political asylum.
“He will be able to travel freely within the country and go abroad. He’ll be able to stay abroad for not longer than three months,” Kucherena said.
The former NSA contractor will be able to apply for the Russian citizenship in five years.
“A foreign citizen, who got a residence permit, will certainly be able to apply for citizenship,” Kucherena said.
Edward Snowden has not yet made up his mind whether he wants Russian citizenship.
“By all means he is homesick," his lawyer said. "It was hard for him to find himself far from home, especially for the first time. Of course, in the future Edward will make up his mind on whether to stay in Russia and apply for citizenship or to leave for the US. He hasn’t done this yet.”
Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia a year ago. It expired July 31.
He left the US and went to Hong Kong in May 2013, from where he leaked confidential files to mass media concerning the NSA’s overwhelming surveillance.
Snowden then planned to seek refuge in Cuba, but found himself stranded at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, after his American passport was annulled by US authorities.
Kucherena dismissed a letter from the US Prosecutor General’s office to the Russian Ministry of Justice as insufficient grounds for handing Snowden over to the US.
“There has been no request which complies with international law,” the lawyer said.
Snowden: 'If I end up in chains in Guantanamo I can live with that'
If Edward Snowden does one day travel back to the US, it’s not going to be extradition, his lawyer assured.
“No extradition is possible under Russian law,” he said. “He has not committed any crime. He faces no charges in Russia.”
Snowden’s security in Russia is being ensured by a private firm, Kucherena said.
“He’s without state protection and he can’t possibly have it. To arrange state protection you have to go through many bureaucratic procedures.”
Snowden makes first public appearance, secretly visits Moscow’s Bolshoi theatre
Kucherena also told reporters that Snowden was satisfied with his job in Russia, as he was able to continue his profession and work in the sphere of computer technology. The former NSA contractor’s Russian salary is adequate, the lawyer added.
The lawyer said Snowden will hold a press conference in Russia as soon as it will be possible.
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G8 reduced to G7 as Putin refuses to go along with the freemason agenda
The West must take a much tougher line against Vladimir Putin - otherwise no country with a Russian population will be safe,
tory henchman Liam Fox warned last night.
The former Defence Secretary said Putin’s government was a ‘bullying and thuggish regime’, but David Cameron and other leaders had been weak in tackling him.
In a strongly-worded speech in Estonia, he criticised the US and Europe for doing little more than threatening to suspend Russia from the G8 group of major nations - saying it should be permanently expelled.
He also called for Nato air defences to be permanently beefed up to protect the Baltic republics, and said any planned sales of weaponry should be scrapped.
‘We must be firm in our response to this challenge to international law,’ he said. ‘This must be seen as the point where we fundamentally reassessed our attitude to the Putin government.
‘This cannot be a suspension of the G8. It must be the end of the G8 until there is a profound change in Russian behaviour.
‘The beefing up of Baltic air defences must be permanent, not temporary. Nato exercises must become more extensive and frequent and we must halt defence exports to Russia, including the 1.2billion euro French warship order.’
He added: ‘Make no mistake, this is an expansionist Russia echoing its imperialist past.’
Russia annexed the Ukrainian province of Crimea last month, and is accused of stirring up nationalist sentiment in the east of the country.
Dr Fox said the West’s failure to act against Putin in the past had encouraged him. They did little to punish him for his invasion of Georgia, or the cyber attack on Estonia - and the US failure to oppose Assad’s aggression in Syria led Putin to draw the ‘obvious’ conclusions.
The Illuminati is using Russia-US friction over Ukraine
to lay the groundwork for World War Three.
The dialectical opposition between Russia
and the US is a little too neat to be credible.
It's almost as if the USSR and the USA have changed
by Henry Makow Ph.D.
In March, when Hillary Clinton compared Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, she was preparing the framework for World War Three.
Like the Second World War, the potential Third will represent resistance to Masonic Jewish world hegemony. It will pit nationalists against (Zionist) "globalists." The only question is whether, like Hitler, Putin represents "false opposition."
The Protocols of Zion stated, "Nowadays, if any States raise a protest against us it is only pro forma at out discretion and by our direction..." (9)
Is this still true? My sense is that it is. Russia has a Rothschild central bank. Putin confers with Henry Kissinger regularly.
All wars are orchestrated. The globalists would not risk a world war in which they could be destroyed.
PUTIN THE WHITE KNIGHT
Writing for The American Free Press & The Barnes Report , Michael Collins Piper shows how Putin is the dialectical opposite of the satanic Zionist West, just like Hitler and Stalin were.
In the midst of all of the media frenzy targeting Putin, the bottom line is that Putin and Russia are being hammered relentlessly because Putin is viewed as an ideologically-based force representing a long-standing, deeply rooted Russian nationalist ideology, one closely bound to the Orthodox Christian faith.
Not in modern times has there been one such as Putin, rising up to challenge what is known as the New World Order and the war on Christian tradition. A careful survey of the elite media in recent weeks underscores the fact that the global elite are very much concerned about the nationalist ideology taking hold in Russia under Putin.
For popular consumption, warmongering Republican Arizona demagogue Sen. John McCain wrote in The New York Times on March 14: "Russia is not a great power on par with America. It is a gas station run by a corrupt, autocratic regime."
His inflammatory comments were echoed remarks during the 2012 presidential campaign when GOP candidate Mitt Romney called Russia "without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe," an extraordinary pronouncement revealing what the hard-line Zionist neoconservatives telling Romney what to say were thinking.
Putin has earned the wrath of the would-be world shapers among the likes of those who make up such high-level instruments of geopolitical planning such as the Bilderberg group, the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also offended the sensibilities of the interconnected Jewish families and financial groups that make up the driving force behind an intended global Zionist imperium based in Israel but wielding its power across the planet."
On March 30 the Washington Post featured a commentary by Anne Applebaum--another Jewish critic of Putin-- entitled "Russia's anti-Western thinking takes hold." She wrote: Russia's ideology may be a mishmash: the old Soviet critique of hypocritical "bourgeois democ- racy," plus some anti-Europeanism, some anti-globalism and a homophobic twist for contemporary appeal. But let's not assume that competition between ideas is absurd and old- fashioned. And let's not pretend that ideologies don't matter, because, even if we'd prefer otherwise, they do.
The next day, on March 31, the Washington Post published a column by Russian-born Jewish journalist Masha Gessen, left, who asserted that Putin's mission is "saving the world from the West." Gessen wrote: "Over the past two years, a new ideology has taken shape at the Kremlin. Insistently pushed out over the airwaves of state-controlled television, it has taken hold as Russia's national idea--and is the driving force behind its newly aggressive international posture. Russia is remaking itself as the leader of the anti-Western world."
Does all of this foreshadow war against Russia? That remains to be seen.
PUTIN WEARS THE WHITE HAT
Clearly Russia is on the side of the angels in this conflict. The Jewish NeoCons who spearhead the Masonic Jew World Order are guilty of aggression in Ukraine, as they have been everywhere else. They will have a hard time marshaling support domestically or even abroad. In a recent issue of World Affairs Brief, Joel Skousen notes that the Germans are losing patience with the US.
Part of the problem in getting the Germans to spurn Russian energy and trade ties is the growing hostility toward America as well as German dependence on Russian fuel and natural gas. After the NSA spying scandal broke, the German Interior Minister said, "the USA is operating without any kind of boundaries." He also mentioned that "approval ratings for Americans in German polls are lower right now than they have been in a long time. The last time this was the case was during a certain phase of the policies of George W. Bush."
Der Spiegel said that, "Germany is pulling closer to Russia out of its own self-interest and disgust with the U.S. We are so used to thinking of Germany as allied with the U.S. against Russia, this may be hard for most Americans to conceive. But this is how alliances change--with a first step.
How much easier to destroy the US than when it's clearly in the wrong? When its best generals have been purged and women are in combat? This may be the agenda - which a war which the US will lose, a perfect opportunity to purge "dissidents' and cull the population.
On the other hand, the US has been exercising remarkable restraint with mostly bluster and meaningless sanctions. Russia also has been careful to avoid confrontation. Having secured essential Black Sea access, it is in no hurry to annex Eastern Ukraine. The accord negotiated in Geneva recently
shows that, whatever the Illuminati have planned, the minions holding the levers of power in East and West have no appetite for war.
Is Putin false opposition?
Yes. But, at the same time, the differences between East and West seem real. They represent two Masonic mafias, one pretending to be nationalist and religious, the other proudly satanic. But the Russian mob will not agree to being exploited and controlled by the Zionist mob.
As Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin said in an interview with Charlie Rose, we want to be equal and not "Junior" partners with the West. Whether this foreshadows war with Russia, as Piper says, remains to be seen. - See more at: http://henrymakow.com/2014/04/Is-Putin-False-Opposition.html#sthash.yZzwferu.dpuf
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Putin puts fear of God in New World Order
In the wake of Crimea's independence referendum, Hillary Clinton says Russian President Putin is a "new Hitler." Zbigniew Brezezinski, former National Security Advisor agrees, calling Putin not just another Hitler, but also a thug, a menace, a Mafia gangster, and a Mussolini. The Western mainstream media echoes this childish name-calling.
Why is the whole Western foreign policy establishment so afraid of Putin?
Because Putin is standing up against Western aggression – not only in Ukraine, but also in Syria and Iran. Ongoing Western attempts to destabilize these and other countries are just the most recent examples of a decades-old pattern of aggression. The long-term goal: Total destruction of traditional nations and values, and the creation of a New World Order global dictatorship.
Since the 1953 CIA-MI6 coup in Iran, the West has been using the same formula to overthrow legitimate but uncooperative leaders: First, sabotage the country's economy. Then bribe corrupt military officers and thugs and pay rent-a-mobs to create chaos in the streets. Next (this step is optional) incite violence by paying snipers to fire into crowds – and maybe set off some bombs. Finally, send the corrupt military units and gangsters to overthrow the target nation's legitimate leader, murder or imprison his supporters, install a Western puppet in his place – and announce that "order has been restored."
The CIA did it to Iran's democratically-elected Prime Minister Mossadegh in 1953, to Indonesia's President Sukarno in 1965, and to Chile's Prime Minister Allende on September 11th, 1973. They did the same thing to Ukraine's legitimate president, Viktor Yanukovych, a few weeks ago. Neocon regime-change apparatchik Victoria Nuland (The assistant US secretary of state,) got caught admitting that the US had spent five billion dollars to overthrow Ukraine's democratically-elected government; and EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton was heard on tape discussing the "news" that the Maidan Square snipers were part of the US-sponsored coup.
The people of Ukraine should be worried. US-sponsored coups can turn very bloody very quickly.
The CIA's 1965 Indonesia coup was one of the biggest holocausts in history. According to Princeton history professor Bradley Simpson, as cited by the Jakarta Globe: "The US and British governments did everything in their power to ensure that the Indonesian army would carry out the mass killings" of more than one million people following the coup against Sukarno. Most of the victims were tortured before they were murdered. The list of names of people to be tortured and murdered was provided by the CIA to their hired Indonesian thugs. While this was going on, five-year-old Barrack Obama was living in Indonesia with his stepfather Lolo Soetoro, who was working for the American mass murderers.
That's right: Obama's stepfather was a holocaust perpetrator.
In 1971, following the CIA's coup in Chile, the American stooge Pinochet murdered 3,000 people and tortured 30,000. These actions were fully supported by Pinochet's American sponsors, who trained and paid the thugs and torturers.
The hecatomb in Syria, too, is best understood as yet another US-sponsored coup attempt.
The NWO-driven Americans and their Western allies have killed tens of millions in these coups, interventions, destabilization campaigns, and undeclared wars. According to André Vltchek and Noam Chomsky's book On Western Terrorism, the total number killed is over 50 million since World War II. If we add to this the number of people tortured, brutalized, falsely imprisoned, forced to become refugees, or who had their lives ruined by Western terrorism, the number of victims reaches the hundreds of millions.
Today, the American terrorists and their NATO allies seem less interested in installing puppet governments than in reducing entire nations to chaos. The CIA-NATO coup against Gaddafi has destroyed Libya as a modern nation-state. Western-backed false-flag terror in Iraq is splitting up that country. Syria is being decimated by a Western-backed attempt to overthrow Assad. Venezuela, too, is being destabilized by a CIA-backed coup effort.
In short, the New World Order – a shadowy group of global banking oligarchs bent on establishing a one-world dictatorship – is trying to overthrow every leader on earth who resists. Russian President Putin is resisting. That is why the Western propaganda machine is calling him names.
It is worth noting that Russia and Iran – the two nations most successfully resisting NWO regime change – are doing so in the name of God.
The 1979 Iranian Revolution was the opening salvo of a global backlash against secularism's destruction of traditional values. Like the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan (driven by Americans' disgust with the so-called sexual revolution) and the rise of Poland's Solidarity movement (which opposed communist atheism), the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran was a landmark event signaling an end to the 20th-century wave of militant secularism and atheism – and a revival of traditional religion.
President Putin enjoys overwhelming popularity in Russia due to his defense of traditional religious values. In his State of the Nation address last December, Putin said: "Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values… Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan."
Putin's reference to Satanism was a pointed rebuke to the New World Order elites, who – though they push militant secularism on the societies they are trying to undermine – are closet Satanists. Anyone who doubts this should run the name "Lt. Col. Michael Aquino" through a search engine. Aquino, an avowed Satanist and credibly-accused mass child abuser, was rewarded for his crimes against children with an appointment as Chief of Psychological Warfare for the US military. (For background on the satanic international banking elite, and its near-total control of Western institutions, read Nick Bryant's book The Franklin Scandal alongside the work of Canadian scholar Henry Makow.)
The shock troops of the NWO's war against religion and tradition (and Russia and Iran) are the neoconservatives. Operation Gladio terrorist Michael Ledeen explains: "Creative destruction is our middle name, both within our society and abroad. We tear down the old order every day, from business to science, literature, art, architecture, and cinema to politics and the law. Our enemies have always hated this whirlwind of energy and creativity which menaces their traditions (whatever they may be) and shames them for their inability to keep pace ... We must destroy them to advance our historic mission."
Putin is stopping New World Order "creative destruction" in Syria and Ukraine. He is part of a growing coalition opposing the NWO – not just religious traditionalists, but also progressive anti-globalization forces, including Hugo Chavez inspired anti-imperialists in Latin America.
We are facing an epic struggle between those who espouse sacred values such as justice and decency versus those who wish to destroy all values.
God bless President Putin, who is putting the fear of God into the New World Order.
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