In 2009 Snowden Said That Whistleblowers “Should be Shot in the Balls”

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Online chat logs from 2009 show that Snowden had a very low opinion of leakers and whistleblowers. In one conversation he said that “those people should be shot in the balls.”

Years before becoming a whistleblower himself, Edward Snowden was apparently a very different person. Just a few years ago Snowden was just as brainwashed as any other bureaucrat, and recently uncovered chat logs show his prior disdain for Wikileaks and leaks in general.

It is also obvious that he had bought into the government fear mongering about “national security”. It is interesting how quick people can change when being exposed to the facts of reality first hand.

ARS Technica posted the chat logs in full, but the especially interesting parts can be found below, Edward Snowden’s username is ” TheTrueHOOHA” :

< TheTrueHOOHA> HOLY SHIT http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/washington/11iran.html?_r=1&hp
< TheTrueHOOHA> WTF NYTIMES
< TheTrueHOOHA> Are they TRYING to start a war?
Jesus christ
they’re like wikileaks
< User19> they’re just reporting, dude.
< TheTrueHOOHA> They’re reporting classified shit
< User19> shrugs
< TheTrueHOOHA> about an unpopular country surrounded by enemies already engaged in a war
and about our interactions with said country regarding planning sovereignity violations of another country
you don’t put that shit in the NEWSPAPER
< User19> meh
< TheTrueHOOHA> moreover, who the fuck are the anonymous sources telling them this?
< TheTrueHOOHA> those people should be shot in the balls.
< TheTrueHOOHA> But the tense exchanges also prompted the White House to step up intelligence-sharing with Israel and brief Israeli officials on new American efforts to subtly sabotage Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, a major covert program that Mr. Bush is about to hand off to President-elect Barack Obama.
< TheTrueHOOHA> HELLO? HOW COVERT IS IT NOW? THANK YOU
< User19> meh
< TheTrueHOOHA> I wonder how many hundreds of millions of dollars they just completely blew.
< User19> you’re over reacting. its fine.
< TheTrueHOOHA> It’s not an overreaction. They have a HISTORY of this shit
< User19> with flowersand cake.
< User20> [User21]‘s mushrooms are In 2009 Snowden Said That Whistleblowers “Should be Shot in the Balls” | icon_surprised | News Articles Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News Whistle Blowers
< TheTrueHOOHA> these are the same people who blew the whole “we could listen to osama’s cell phone” thingthe same people who screwed us on wiretappingover and over and over againThank god they’re going out of business.
< User19> the NYT?
< TheTrueHOOHA> Hopefully they’ll finally go bankrupt this year.
yeah.

The chat resumed a few minutes later:

< User19> meh.
< User19> I enjoy the news.
< User19> Its nice they report on stuff.
< TheTrueHOOHA> I enjoy it when it’s ethical reporting.
< TheTrueHOOHA> political corruption, sure
< TheTrueHOOHA> scandal, yes
< User19> is it unethical to report on the government’s intrigue?
< TheTrueHOOHA> VIOLATING NATIONAL SECURITY? no
< User19> meh.
< User19> national security.
< TheTrueHOOHA> Um, YEEEEEEEEEEEES.
< TheTrueHOOHA> that shit is classified for a reason
< TheTrueHOOHA> it’s not because “oh we hope our citizens don’t find out”
< TheTrueHOOHA> it’s because “this shit won’t work if iran knows what we’re doing.”
Jan 10 20:59:56 * User19 shrugs
< TheTrueHOOHA> None would speak on the record because of the great secrecy surrounding the intelligence developed on Iran.
< TheTrueHOOHA> direct. quote.
< TheTrueHOOHA> THEN WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO REPORTERS?!
Jan 10 21:01:25 * [User11] gives voice to TheTrueHOOHA
 
< TheTrueHOOHA> “Those covert operations, and the question of whether Israel will settle for something less than a conventional attack on Iran, pose immediate and wrenching decisions for Mr. Obama.”
< TheTrueHOOHA> THEY’RE NOT COVERT ANYMORE
< TheTrueHOOHA> Oh you’ve got to be fucking kidding me. Now the NYTimes is going to determine our foreign policy?
< TheTrueHOOHA> And Obama?
 
< TheTrueHOOHA> Obama just appointed a fucking POLITICIAN to run the CIA!
< User11> yes unlike every other director of CIA ever
< User11> oh wait, no
< TheTrueHOOHA> I am so angry right now. This is completely unbelievable.
< User21> I’m appointing ur mom to run my penis
< User21> plus she can be secretary of my balls
< User11> i get the feeling that you’re angry because you don’t actually understand what’s going on…
< TheTrueHOOHA> Actually, the whole “politician runs the CIA” thing is a new development
 
< User11> uhhh
< TheTrueHOOHA> Normally they were military or lawyers.
< User11> have you ever heard of a man named george herbert walker bush?
< User11> he ran the cia.
< TheTrueHOOHA> OH, YOU MEAN ONLY 25 YEARS AGO?
< TheTrueHOOHA> Dumbass.

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