by Bonnie Greer
03 July 2013
from TheTelegraph Website
spats over the fate of the NSA whistleblower
are obscuring his real political significance,
is believed to be still in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow
We arrived yesterday at an absurd moment in the saga of the American whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The presidential plane carrying Bolivia’s Evo
Morales home from a conference in Moscow was searched during a stop-over in
Vienna on suspicion of carrying Snowden to 0asylum in Latin America. The
Bolivians declared that France, Italy, Spain and Portugal had refused to
allow the plane to enter their airspace, forcing it to land in Austria.
France, Spain and Portugal subsequently denied that they had closed their airspace.
Austria insisted that President Morales had agreed to a voluntary inspection of his plane; Austria’s deputy chancellor, Michael Spindelegger, said:
talk from the Bolivians of an act of aggression and a violation of
international law, the plane was allowed to take off.
Obama warned that any
offer of asylum to Snowden would carry a heavy cost.
Russia has no extradition treaty with the US; President Putin has stated that there is a possibility that Snowden could stay, but that he must not leak information “against our American partners”.
He ended this statement by saying that,
If you look at the photograph of presidents Obama and Putin at the G8 last month, seated together at a press conference almost with their backs to one another, it would be easy to assume that Snowden would provide a perfect opportunity for Putin to wreak mischief and mayhem.
This affair has
provided, instead, another chapter in the Game of Nations. And there sits
Snowden, in a Moscow transit lounge, the lead character in what must have
been, to him, an act that was straightforward: he had a personal mission to
has more security cameras per mile than any city on earth. You are likely to
be captured up to 500 times a day if you live in the West End as I do. Our
smart phones have become big data collectors, and as long as we’ve done
nothing wrong, we have nothing to hide.
Apolitical, perhaps even post-political, they do what they do because they have come to their own conclusions in their own time and in their own way.
There you have
it: “I don’t”, “I do not” and “everything I do and say” are the key phrases
Ellsberg was steeped in the security mechanisms of the United States; he knew what the consequences of his leak were.
He was a professional who saw what he did as
part of what we, the young, were doing in the streets. He pondered long and
hard over his actions and, in doing what he did, saw himself as part of
something bigger, something collective.
He and Snowden and other Millennials are
empowered by the tools that they are also at war with; it is these tools
that are their engines, the shapers of their consciousness. They are neither
of the Left nor the Right.
Snowden becomes, in his fight, what Millennials look up to:
The darker version of these charismatic individuals are the lone wolves who
commit their acts of terror in plain view.
In Woolwich, the alleged killers of
remained at the scene seemingly in order to be filmed for YouTube.
And since it is embedded
technology - which we wear on our bodies or will even have implanted inside
our bodies - that is our future, more and more LMs will emerge, both as lone
wolves - individuals out to do maximum physical harm and wreak mayhem in the
name of a religion or a political ideology; or as charismatic individuals,
people doing what they think is right, and through that effort, rallying
people and movements around them.
His breed of Libertarian Millennial is coming, too.
is they who cannot be stopped.