Snowden Responds To Donald Trump’s Death Threats, Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal

The exiled whistleblower laughed when asked if he felt personally threatened by the prospect of a “President Trump.”
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    In a Friday interview with Al-Jazeera, exiled NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden responded to two of his critics: presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

    Mehdi Hasan, the host of Al-Jazeera’s “Upfront,” played audio of Trump talking about Snowden to the whistleblower: “This guy’s a bad guy. There is still a thing called execution.”

    Hasan asked Snowden, who joined the show from Russia via video chat, “Are you worried about what a president trump might do to you?”

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    The whistleblower laughed as he responded. “No, I’m not.”

    He added: “It’s very difficult to respond in a serious way to any statement made by Donald Trump.”

    Snowden added that Trump’s popularity in the race reflects a lack of “credibility” in American politics. “The arguments about whether I’m a good guy or a bad guy are a red herring,” he said, explaining that they distract Americans from discussing the actual contents of his leaks.

    Hasan also asked Snowden to reflect on another of his major critics, Hillary Clinton. In a February interview with Re/Code, an independent tech news organization, Clinton told reporter Kara Swisher that she disapproved of Snowden’s actions even though she agreed they had started a necessary conversation about the NSA’s actions. She told Swisher:

    “I can never condone what he did. He stole millions of documents, and the great irony is the vast majority of those documents had nothing to do with civil liberties.”

    In other appearances, Clinton has insisted that Snowden should have gone through internal government channels rather than leaking information to the press, and implied that he might have provided his information to China or Russia, either deliberately or by accident.

    Snowden has maintained that he tried those proper channels and only approached the press after the government failed to respond to his complaints on the mass surveillance of Americans.

    Now Clinton herself is accused of having classified material on a private email server she maintained in her home. Snowden responded to the scandal on UpFront by comparing the way the government is treating Clinton to how an average government employee might fare in a similar situation:

    “If an ordinary worker at the State Department or the Central Intelligence Agency … were sending details about the security of embassies … meetings with private government officials, foreign government officials, and the statements that were made to them in confidence over unclassified email systems, they would not only lose their job and lose their clearance, they would very likely face prosecution for it.”

    Snowden also suggested that since official U.S. government servers, protected by a full-time security staff, get hacked on a regular basis, it’s very likely that Clinton left classified material dangerously exposed on her server.

    Watch “Snowden hits back at Clinton and Trump” from Al-Jazeera’s Upfront:

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      • Reb Furr

        I started off being a Bernie Sanders fan, then I found out he thinks we were told the truth about 9/11. So I turn to Trump who has stated he would do a real investigation into 9/11. Then I find out Trump has stated he would execute Edward Snowden. Who the heck can I vote for? I wish Edward Snowden could run for Prez, I’d vote for him.

        • Simon9

          Consider voting for the Libertarian candidate, assuming you want restrained government that obeys the Constitution, lives within its means and isn’t invading or subsidizing countries around the world.

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      • Kevin Alfred Strom

        Anyone who opposes the regime in Washington deserves a medal. Anyone who serves or supports the regime in Washington deserves a fair trial for treason.

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      • Amanda Childress

        Snowden violated his Security Agreement, he may well be tried for treason and esp, the entire story has not been made public, but maybe the NSA were a step behind him. Thus he had to blow town, maybe the NSA guys are maybe alittle sharper that Mr. Snowden feels, Vegas has Snowden being extradited and tried. He should accept his fate, “there would be more dignity in it”. He may well server his deserved time. He committed treason, and violated his Security Agreement. No agruement there. The bill will come due, or just may.

        • david bowie

          Yeah lets hold snowden accountable to constitutional merits but not elected representatives.

          what did snowden leak we didnt already know? that the at&t technician didnt tell us years before.

          Snowden is an admitted intelligence asset. who knows what role he may or may not play for or against the nsa.

          what we know is that the government uses the excuse of 9/11 to get away with illegal spying and giving retro active immunity to the telecoms they share the data.

          9/11 is at least a false flag cooped by us or britian or israel intelligence.

          So the excuse to spy on your own people, on the premise of fighting terrorism, from an event stage by state governments, and use israel enemies as patsies in means of a proxy war.

          The entire excuse for the united states and warring nation states to create infinite wars abroad is based on an event that was created to justify the means.

          • Amanda Childress

            You need to stick to the point, Snowden committed treason, he should have not run but stayed in HA, been arrested by the NSA types closing in, if he was a “whisle-blower”. He now is a traitor, committed treason by his actions and finally violated his Security Agreement. He did not act as a patriot, staying in HA and being held accountable would be patriot. It gets old ‘discussing’ these issues. Snowden will stand trial, whether found guilty or not, he just may get 30 years.

            • Reb Furr

              YOU need to stick to the point! The point is that our government violated the Constitution of the United States of America and Snowden made us privy to that FACT. Snowden is a HERO and you are a sheeple.

              • Amanda Childress

                Are old enough to post, need a booster chair to reach keyboard?

        • LibertarianUSA42

          Its Americans like you turning this country into a socialistic authoritarian despot. Snowden is a hero, alerting us to unconstitutional acts by our government.
          I see this country has raised a TON of socialistic boot-lickers!!

          • Amanda Childress

            Put the kool-aid down

            • LibertarianUSA42

              try reading the constitution once in a while…

              • Reb Furr

                well said!

            • Reb Furr

              I would tell YOU to “put the Kool-Aid down” but you have OBVIOUSLY already drank the whole damn pitcher 😛

        • Reb Furr

          And the federal government violated the CONSTITUTION! THAT bill will come due as well!

          • Amanda Childress

            Are you twelve?

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      • DrJosepM55

        Great American hero Mr Snowden, exposing the crimes of the empire against its own citizens. He is in much better place. Bravo. The police surveillance state is the reality the Americans must face daily in their lives.

      • Knistonian

        If Mr. Snowden were presently running for President I would sacrifice everything and do my best to make him our President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Would God be so kind as to allow us a little more time with such a young man at the helm. Alas, I know that isn’t possible……….. because America’s death knell is ringing and must be answered.

        • doggypaws

          I don’t think he is old enough to be president. Constitution says “35”.

          • Reb Furr

            well I would vote for him when he comes of age to run. he is a hero!

      • Fireplace 1

        If you are a connected person, like Hillary or Petraeus, you are immune to any real prosecution for leaking sensitive information.

      • Ben Beggs

        Hes a true hero.

        • Reb Furr

          I whole heartedly agree!

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      • Robert Munro

        Reality is that if ANY US puppet, Obama, Trump, whoever, makes ANY attempt to attack or kidnap Ed Snowden in Russia, what Snowden did to the credibility of the US government will seem like kindness by comparison to what President Putin will do.

        Until a statue to Edward Snowden is raised on the Washington Capitol Mall, he needs to stay in Russia – where he’s safe from CIA and Mossad assassins.

        • razuli

          I agree. Too many people who have stated the results of their investigation plus many people who are investigating have met mysterious deaths

          • The BRIC Alliance has done some good for the World by helping protect Americas Constitutionalist Hero Edward Snowden from going to the Gulags of Kansas deep behind the USSA Politiburo’s Iron Curtain..electronic eyed beastly Pyramid Police surveillance State.

        • Reb Furr

          I agree!