Friday, June 14, 2013
Our Man in Hong Kong--or I Decide to Rampantly Speculate for Shits n' Grins
There are a few questions people have been having about two big items on l'affaire Snowden. The first is "Why Hong Kong?" Me, I like James Clavell novels as much as the next gal, but that's a little off, no? Sure, he praised their "spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent", but HK is a part of CHina,. you know? And part of his making friends and influencing people in HK has included revealing info about NSA hacking Chinese computers, leading to some speculation that he was planning to actually defect.
The second big item is his resume. There are some things about his education and background that sound a little out of place for the level of access he boasts. Also, his presentation has alarmed Naomi Wolf, who actually doesn't sound all that off to me with respects to getting legal consultation up-front, but what do I know?
So let me put it all together--this is a limited hang-out. The current surveillance paradigm was going to get leaked and Snowden is a front for the government getting out in front of it in just the kind of way that clouds the details. Or, to really go for broke: although the NSA stuff has become the big story, it's just the cover for getting the deets of the Chinese hacking (I know we're all "shocked! shocked!" to know that there is hacking in our spy establishments!) out. (Also a runner-up, if China accepts an offer to defect, we have a man inside.)
I don't believe these things, obvs, because they have absolutely no foundation whatsoever and sound kind of like the plot of a drugstore paperback. But since the US has had an interrogation program loosely based on tips from the tv series "24", anything sounds plausible anymore, you know?