Monday, July 01, 2013

Moscow Blues and the Bungle in the Jungle

So Ed Snowden is still holed up in the transit lounge at Moscow's Schekrehtljryhrylkov Airport, awaiting his fate.  A week ago the story was about Ecuador giving him some kind of asylum document so he could travel along without proper documentation (which would be OK if he were coming across the Mexican border).

But suddenly a worm turned.  The press reported that Biden made a call to the Ecuadoran presidente about the insignificant 29 year old hacker; a productive and frank conversation that dealt with a range of issues, no doubt.

So what did they talk about?   Sure seems the Ecuadoran position has become a tad softer today.
Was it this?
The oil giant Chevron, the third-biggest U.S. company by revenue, has sued Patton Boggs, the nation’s premier legal and lobbying firm, for concealing and promoting fraudulent information in a case that was born in the jungles of the Amazon. Chevron has also convinced a New York federal judge to allow it — despite protests from Patton Boggs about attorney-client privilege — to take the extraordinary step of examining thousands of pages of the law firm’s internal communications regarding its client, indigenous people from Ecuador’s Amazon who are suing Chevron.
Eighteen BILLION dollars.  That's how much the Amazonian people from Ecuador are suing Chevron over an oily mess left by Texaco when they abandoned the country 20 years ago; sued by way of the Ecuadoran government through Patton-Boggs, a high profile law firm in DC with some connections to folks in the administration.  Yeah, sounds like a big f'ing deal and something they might want to talk about. 


The cinema of the bizarre continues.  Snowden, realizing he's been effectively checked by a wheeling, dealing Joe Biden (Obama is in Africa and is not following the proceedings very closely, ahem) is trying to regain popular support by issuing a statement, wherein he claims his "right to asylum" has been violated and that Obama is afraid of the people.  His initial revelation was important and necessary but the more he speaks, and the more he threatens to release state secrets, the more he sounds like Assange.

Meanwhile Vlad Putey Poot is milking this for all it's worth, saying sweet nothings like if Snowden stops leaking about EU partners he'll grant asylum.  He's really having fun twisting that knife, it's clear.  He has nothing to lose. 

Speaking of Russia, started reading the new book "Disinformation" by former Romanian Intelligence Chief (under the Soviets) Ion Pacepa, the highest ranking Soviet bloc defector the United States (in 1978) and the former right hand man of the notorious Nicolae Ceausescu.  It's fascinating so far.  He explains what he feels is the difference between misinformation and disinformation, the latter of which the Soviets also called "Glasnost" in an attempt to fool gullible western liberals and reporters (sorry for the redundancy).   It appears some forms of Glasnost are still alive and well in Russia. 


Right Truth said...

Obama shouldn't "have to" call leaders of other countries, he has Uncle Joe Biden to do it for him. That should go well. A few new developments today. Seems Snowden isn't a hacker at all. He took the job with the intention of taking information that the government had hacked for him (WSJ)


Mr. Snowden took that position so he could arrange to have published classified communications intelligence, as he told the South China Morning Post earlier this month. The point of Mr. Snowden's penetration was to get classified data from the NSA. He subsequently stated: "My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked, that is why I accepted that position."


Right Truth

A.C. McCloud said...

Yes, he was probably coordinating with Assange through intermediaries all that time. The plan for Ecuador sure suggests it, as opposed to staying here and fighting. Uncle Joe must have played a pretty big trump card on Quito. Meanwhile Snowden has nothing left but to issue statements and hope further leaks don't actually sway public opinion away from him more. Putin will use him like a old rag--he knows it. The spy novel might be coming to a close soon.