Turns out Edward Snowden — the former CIA employee and NSA contractor who leaked documents revealing top-secret National Security Agency programs tracking terrorist communications — is a Paulbot.
The Washington Post reports: “According to campaign finance reports, Snowden made a $250 donation to Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign in March of that year.”
The revelation is of particular interest because one of the harshest critics of the NSA since the leaks began has been… Senator Rand Paul. Taken in isolation, the fact that Snowden supported the elder Paul’s presidential bid should not necessarily tar the senator. Politicians can’t be held responsible for all the actions of their supporters. But in addition to his campaign contributions, Snowden’s comments explaining his reasons for leaking are virtually indistinguishable from Senator Paul’s criticisms of the NSA program.
In an interview with the Post, Snowden goes on a Paulian rant about the dangers of the “surveillance state.”
He rails against “the dangerous truth behind the US policies that seek to develop secret, irresistible powers and concentrate them in the hands of an unaccountable few.”
Read More at The American Enterprise Institute . By Marc Thiessen.
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