“Heroic” Edward Snowden applies for membership in KGB veterans group

Posted by: Phineas on July 24, 2013 at 11:26 pm

**Posted by Phineas

This just gets better and better:

Renegade National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied to join a group of former Russian intelligence and security officials, according to the group’s director.

Participation in a union of former KGB security, intelligence, and police officials, would likely change Snowden’s status from that of a whistleblower seeking to expose wrongdoing, to an intelligence defector who has changed sides.

Alexei Lobarev, chairman of the group called “Veterans of the Siloviki”—literally “men of power”—told a Russian news outlet on Monday that Snowden, who has been staying in a Moscow airport transit lounge for a month, applied for membership in the group.


Ariel Cohen, a Russia specialist with the Heritage Foundation, said joining the former KGB officers’ group would be a significant development in the Snowden affair.

“It could be a spoof or a deliberate attempt to tarry the former NSA contractor,” Cohen said in an email. “However, if proven true, this puts Snowden squarely into the defector category. Whatever the whistleblower rhetoric—if indeed it is Snowden—the man is seeking to join a group whose livelihood was to spy on and harm, the United States. There is hardly a more anti-American group in Russia than ex-security officials. They would want nothing more than to coddle Snowden.”

Other experts think Snowden is being played by the Russians, rather than being a “traitor aforethought.” And there could be another reason for this farce. Who knows? What we do know is that he’s done tremendous damage to our national interests, the Obama administration looks like fools, and Putin is laughing his head off at us.

Great work by the man some call a hero, no?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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2 Responses to ““Heroic” Edward Snowden applies for membership in KGB veterans group”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    That Snowden is so naïve makes one wonder how he lived to be the age he is. His childish manner and motivations are at wide variance with the type of treacherous and deadly individual who composes the rank and file of the Russian espionage corps.

    However, Obhammud himself could not have damaged this country any worse than if he were a paid KGB agent himself.

  2. Jeffrey Hardin says:

    I happen to be one that believes Snowden is an implant. Either by NSA it’s self to give credence for restructuring the agency, or a CIA implant to further the turf war therebetween the NSA & CIA, in their efforts to embarrass the NSA…John Rappaport has some great articles and archives on this theory and Snowden…

    But, with all that set aside, I am a Marine Corps brat of 18 years, and worked another 25 years on military bases giving me close to 44 years of up close and personal workings of our Government, for the most part, not much good can be said of them, they are corrupted no doubt about it.

    But I do know as most do, that Edward Snowden had other avenues he could have have used to turn over his findings, they are there, so were the many politicians who would have loved to sink their teeth into these revelations that Snowden could have employed to help him, he chose the wrong thing to do, he chose the outlaw trail period…

    Snowden has hurt us deeply and for what, we already knew the government was spying on us and is why I have taken special precautions not to put personal information on line, and especially on my computer, everything I do is paper, or strictly office business, all my dealings are local. Does that slow things down, yep it do, but guess what, my personal dealings stay to some degree personal. Not all of it due to the use of computers, but it makes it harder for them to trace my movements and I take great care to make sure they don’t…

    Snowden has given both our enemy’s and allies the schematics to the inner workings of our spy agencies, agency’s that I happen to feel are necessary in order to keep us safe. We need these types of spy agencies in place. Do they have a right to spy on innocent Law abiding Americans without just cause…Hell The No They Don’t?!!!

    But they do, and have for over 200 years in one manner or another and as technology increases, so does their spyware, and so does their eves dropping on us, we knew this, and what Snowden reveled to us, we already knew about…But what this man has committed, is without doubt treason, the moment he turned over vital information on our inner structure and working to our enemy’s, he betrayed this Nation…

    By the way, I am a Paleocon, an agrarian Southern, and Native North Carolinian…I believe in a smaller non intrusive Government. But I also know that short of a Revolution to over throw our current leaders, it’s only going to swell into an uncontrollable monster and thus far, she is still ours…