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Fri Jul 19, 2013, 02:01 PM

Edward Snowden is a self-regarding idealist whose warnings of tyranny ring hollow [View all]

When did Edward Snowden, the rogue US defence contractor who revealed some of the inner workings of America’s National Security Agency (NSA) and our own GCHQ, cease to merit even a shred of sympathy from the public he vowed to protect?

Was it when he first popped up in Hong Kong, rather too close to China for many people’s comfort? Or perhaps when he extended his “gratitude and respect” to Russia and Venezuela, two egregious violators of basic rights, for their “stand against human rights violations”?

And if not at that point, then surely when he declared this week that he would not give away secrets that might endanger the lives of US intelligence assets, “even under torture”. What next? Levitation? Invisibility?

No, ably assisted by The Guardian newspaper – which knows more than a thing or two about this subject – Edward Snowden has become a monster of self-importance.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10188209/Edward-Snowden-is-a-self-regarding-idealist-whose-warnings-of-tyranny-ring-hollow.html

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