Richard Cottrell

Edward Snowden: the Manchurian Candidate

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By Richard Cottrell

Contributing Writer for End the Lie

(Image credit: Abode of Chaos/Flickr)

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Points of detail are important.

Edward Snowden is not an NSA sub contractor. He worked for the ‘consultancy’ Booz Allen Hamilton which is a shop front for the CIA, not the NSA. First warning.

Editor’s note: be sure to read Richard’s latest articles, “Edward Snowden’s Flying Circus: Quite the maddest show on Earth” and Shush: the Afghan War is over. Did anybody tell you?

Second. None of the ‘secrets’ he revealed are even vaguely secret, since the information concerning NSA snooping on foreign powers was already in the public realm, many times over. The problem is that newspapers and journalists intoxicate themselves with spy stories and rarely bother to sift through all the parallel information. Takes too long.

Third. His hop, skip and jump activities were clearly well planned in advance. Who, exactly, set up the fake exit to Cuba story, which put a truckload of journalists on the wrong (teetotal) flight? Snowden? Pull the other one. He had that sort of power over Aeroflot? Who put the story around anyway? Snowden again? Hey this guy was wasted working for the CIA, he should have been in PR.

Fourth. He got on a plane to Russia without a visa. I have been to Russia many, many times and I can tell you that is an impossible feat without real inside connections.

Fifth. He slipped through the dragnet in Hong Kong because the US consulate gave him the wrong middle name on the charge sheet. Yes, that really is the tooth fairy at the foot of the bed. Pretty isn’t she, with that halo and her little purse.

Sixth. Is this star wars, CIA versus NSA? Very likely. The security services in the US are like pit bull terriers looking for other pit bull terriers’ throats. Again, ‘journalists’ (actually a non-existent race) covering this whodunit remind me of Enid Blyton and those who never saw through the real nature of the set up with Noddy and Big Ears under the toadstool.

Seventh. Snowden is a classic example of the Gladio-style (copyright: Yves Guerin Serac)  implant, just like the cops at Scotland Yard and all the dirty washing  concerning their undercover activities which is now being – selectively – exposed.

I suspect he is not quite right in the head, will be revealed as living a fantasy life in Hawaii, got profiled and selected for the mission of his life. There are countless examples of believing in the role, the multi-dimensional imposition of one set of unrealities on another. Happens all the time. That’s how the system works. The Manchurian Candidate rings a bell.

Eighth: Is he really in Moscow?  Is he actually holed up in the airport lodge? Or is he somewhere else altogether? Is he already an ex-melted down Snowden, so to speak? No habeas corpus necessary. We don’t have the corpse, honestly. It must be somewhere else. Of course. Does it matter anyway?  The actor is off the stage, his speaking role is finished and he leaves behind a gloriously unfinished story.  You can see how clever it all is.

Ninth. The guy blows the kitchen sink and then gallops around the world like a headless chicken. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Tenth, why does Obama suddenly go live and say, hey this is no big deal, I’m not going to the bottom of the White House rose garden for this one. That’s not strange, it’s a dead (oops) giveaway. Especially with the genuine article, Corporal Bradley Manning, on trial for his life.

Eleventh. Who wants Snowden to be taken alive? Sorry, no blank space available for your suggestions. I think the Boston Bomber syndrome applies here. Or, alternatively, grateful thanks, nice thick wad of the green, and then disappear, like the lost explorer Colonel Fawcett up the Orinoco in the thirties.

We shall see, but this story does not carry a 100% money back guarantee. We must doubt that we are living in an age of any sort of reason when people run after bum steers like this one.

Edited by End the Lie

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11 Responses to Edward Snowden: the Manchurian Candidate

  1. I don't think they want to apprehend him June 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Mr. Snowden’s been on the lam for how many weeks now? The “secrets” he’s revealed thus far were already pretty much common knowledge to Americans who were paying attention. My guess is, whatever remaining classified data he’s holding onto has exceeded its shelf life. The worst damage, of course, is probably going on in a lot of people’s imaginations, but I’m thinking that he’s really got no bombshell revelations up his sleeve.

    So why WOULD the President or the DOJ or anyone, really, be overly invested in tracking him down? For what? To bring him back home to stand trial, and hand him his own personal stage to keep crying victim? No…the smartest thing they can really do, at this point, is to let him stew in his own juices. He wanted to go to Russia? Fine. Let him live in the airport, holed up with Julian Assange.

    I’ve even got my suspicions about the whole middle name foul up. The Hong Kong government didn’t know what to do with this guy, and they surely didn’t need the months of hassle involved in trying to extradite him. Suppose they called up the State Department and asked, “Any ideas on how to get him off our hands?” and somebody said, “No prob. You guys get him on a plane, we’ll send you some messed up papers…be sure to double check his middle name, got it? And he’ll by out of your hair within the week.” (Or something.) But the result? A win win. Hong Kong’s relieved from babysitting duty, the US government doesn’t have to waste any time dealing with him, and…of course Mr. Snowden’s fondest wish has come true too, right? He’s out of the country he despises, and nobody cares enough to come after him.

    It’s hard not to feel a little bit sorry for ES, because I think he’s been totally thrown under the bus by Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian. Mr. G has been working in journalism a long time, and he’s some years older than Mr. Snowden is. Could he not have prevented all of this by advising ES to step back, take some deep breaths, and reconsider whether to make such a grand mess of his life just to reveal stuff that wasn’t that big a secret anyway? It looks more to me as though Mr. G put the Big Scoop first, and tough luck on Mr. Snowden.

    Plus, I’m feeling bad for his poor parents, after reading about Papa Snowden pleading his young man’s case earlier today. Young Edward couldn’t now undo the pain he’s caused his loved ones even if he wanted to. He’s been a careless, petulant fool, of course, and he’s absolutely betrayed our country. But there’s a human tragedy here too (might he be suffering the early stages of schizophrenia, perhaps? He’s about in that age range. We really don’t know all that much about him.) It’s a shame Glenn Greenwald weren’t less a Scandal! Breaker! and more of a friend. Had he handled things differently, a young man might be sipping cocktails on a breathtaking beach right now with his lovely young lady, and the whole world would have been spared the stress and confusion of this whole pointless spectacle.

  2. Randa June 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    So you are calling Snowden a fake because of what MSM told you about his whereabouts? Where is your intel that he even flew to Russia? Proof please?

    And yes, yes, yes of course we all knew the “secrets” he revealed. Thing is, he informed with PROOF.

    I am calling this article bullshit.

    Edward Snowden is not just a hero, he is a saint.

    And I do not think Assange or Manning are of the same calibre as Snowden. Wikileaks was “created” by Israel and Assange worked for Israel. Manning was his man, so to speak.

    • John Cook July 24, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Well said. Thanks. This Cottrell guy is a spin doctor. He Stinks. Lowers my opinion of “End the Lie”

  3. Andrew June 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Snowden is a Manchurian Candidate? Maybe. It’s possible I suppose.

    Obama, on the other hand, is definitely a Manchurian candidate. His background and documents are quite simply *wrong*. And his continuation of Bush regime crimes and war-crimes is equally wrong.

  4. Julia Shanon June 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Hi Richard, is this Richard an artist? I Still don’t get it…sorry if im slow, but i just want t o know..

    • Anonymous June 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      yes you are very slow

  5. Will July 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    End the Lie: the manchurian disinfo outlet

  6. Roturfurson July 4, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Edward Snowden still has one enormous secret left to reveal. This information is so sensitive that it will change the way the world currently views itself. Extraterrestrials. That’s right, it will be revealed beyond a shadow of a doubt that we have a new threat. Except this is a planetary threat, where all nations must work together and form a New World Order to eliminate the threat to human existence.

  7. Nora July 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I definitely suspect a Time Step in Snowden’s revelation dance, designed to distract the public from Obama’s many scandals and his criminal boys club members– like Eric Holder who is on the hotseat. If you re-watch those Greenwald interviews, Snowdon is too smooth and too composed to really be believable as trembling and quaking. And then there’s the fact that the secrets are old hat. Yeah, he’s got slides…but books came out like fifteen years ago with pretty much the same “revelations”. As Richard pointed out, there are a few too many holes in the plot line. I really think Snowdon as Manchurian is quite plausible. Something stinks.

  8. lance kupchick September 23, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    I once lived in Communist Poland.
    You, sir , should have worked for the Secret Police in their propaganda wing.
    MSM and Obamatard mouthpiece

  9. lance kupchick September 23, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Oh and go as Obama and McCain for monetary support,


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