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Kincaid: NSA 'Whistleblower' An Enemy Agent?

By Cliff Kincaid

The fingerprints of America’s enemies and adversaries are all over the disclosures about the NSA’s terrorist surveillance program. It is significant that NSA contract employee Edward Snowden would flee to Hong Kong—controlled by China—and that he would select Glenn Greenwald, a far-left columnist, as his mouthpiece.

Greenwald, an open homosexual now living with his “husband” in Brazil, came to our attention in 2009 when he proudly received an award named after I.F. Stone, a leftist journalist exposed as a Soviet agent.

After first giving Greenwald and his then-secret source tons of favorable publicity and softball coverage, the media seem to be having second thoughts, with CNN asking about Snowden, “Is this guy a hero or a traitor?” Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, told the channel that Snowden is “a defector” from the U.S.

Former CIA officer Robert Baer told CNN that Edward Snowden may be a Chinese agent under the control of the Chinese regime. Referring to the fact that Snowden has fled to Hong Kong, Baer said the region is “controlled by Chinese intelligence” and that “I’ve talked to a bunch of people in Washington today in official positions and they are looking at this as a potential Chinese espionage case.”

Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian columnist who used Snowden as his source, is no fan of the United States. He specializes in articles protesting tough treatment of terrorists bent on destroying the U.S. and Israel. In an exchange with Bill Maher, a fellow left-winger, Greenwald even disputed the view that Islam is uniquely violent and threatening.

An American by birth, he currently works for a foreign publication, the Guardian, and has a “lover” in Brazil he calls his “husband.” He apparently doesn’t live in the U.S. because of its alleged oppressive treatment of homosexuals.

He praises Bradley Manning, the Army analyst now on trial for espionage and aiding the enemy, and wrote a column questioning why Manning wasn’t selected as a Grand Marshall in a “gay pride” parade. He said Manning “boldly and courageously opposes the US war machine” and should not have been “demonized and scorned” by the homosexuals running the event.

In an article, “Glenn Greenwald: Same as Bradley Manning?,” the homosexual publication Out reported, “As we know, the U.S. government will not recognize same-sex relationships, a law that led Greenwald abroad and, by a stroke of perverse luck, outside the government’s reach.”

It reported, “Greenwald is a fan of Julian Assange, the embattled founder of WikiLeaks, and Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old army intelligence analyst who last year sent thousands of classified Iraq war documents to WikiLeaks.”

Assange is in hiding in London, after taking a job working for the Russian government at Russia Today television. Like Manning, he could be prosecuted by the U.S. for espionage if he were ever turned over to the U.S.

Significantly, Out said that “Greenwald believes Manning might have been less likely to reveal government secrets if he were straight: Gay people, because they’re already ‘outside the sphere of comfort,’ have a ‘huge advantage in being willing to challenge authority,’ he says, speaking from experience.”

Greenwald tends to blame the U.S. for Muslim violence against the U.S. Referencing the Boston massacre carried out by two Islamists, Greenwald said: “It’s certainly true that Islam plays an important role in making these individuals willing to fight and die for this perceived just cause (just as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and nationalism lead some people to be willing to fight and die for their cause). But the proximate cause of these attacks are plainly political grievances: namely, the belief that engaging in violence against aggressive western nations is the only way to deter and/or avenge western violence that kills Muslim civilians.”

Regarding Iran, he has said there is “nothing that even remotely justifies attacking” Iran militarily, and that sanctions against the regime are spreading “mass human suffering” and cannot be justified.

Considering these statements, it is shocking that some conservatives would welcome Greenwald as a truth-teller who has somehow embarrassed the Obama Administration. The program began under President Bush and has been approved by congressional intelligence committees.

At the time of his acceptance of the “Izzy” award, named after I.F. Stone, I had asked Glenn Greenwald, then with, what he would say of an article in Commentary magazine about evidence linking Stone to Soviet intelligence.

I noted, “Rather than disavow the award, after he was informed about Stone’s service to the Soviet Union, Greenwald attacked AIM and Commentary magazine, which had also published evidence of Stone’s work on behalf of the communist dictatorship.”

In fact, Greenwald called this writer “the truly deranged, sex-obsessed, conspiracy-monger Cliff Kincaid,” and said my criticism would prompt him to place his “Izzy” award “on an even more prominent shelf” in his office.

The term “sex-obsessed,” when used against this columnist, was apparently a reference to opposition to giving special rights to practitioners of the homosexual lifestyle, such as Glenn Greenwald and Bradley Manning.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at

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  1. manguscoloradoComment by manguscolorado
    June 11, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Do you TRUST this GOVERNMENT? Are you willing to let them rummage through your life time records? It only takes one phone call from out of the US to you from the wrong person and you find a big target on your back and the court has already approved going after you. No you were no notified . .

    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

    Benjamin Franklin

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  2. middlegroundComment by middleground
    June 11, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    I am reminded of a major Chicago paper that decided just after the Battle of Midway in 1942 to tell the World and the Japanese that we had broken the Japanese Naval Code and that was the reason for our victory. It was such a major breach of security the Japanese didn’t believe it, particularly when the reporters weren’t tried for treason and executed.

    The trouble with this author’s attempt to say this man is a traitor because of his prior associations is that I’ve heard the president lie about his energy policies and that makes me suspicious about the other utterances from those in his administration. It isn’t just the absurdity of trying to sell solar cells and windmills made by his contributors and his cancellation of the 36 inch pipeline to move North Dakota oil to where we still have refineries, it is the continued attacks on the use of fossil fuels and hydroelectric dams, currently the only two sources of cheap energy. When this is combined with absurd spending on unproductive activities and his reduction in funding to the fusion power international consortium (the power source of the future), I find it difficult to trust anything said or written in defense of this administration. In other words I feel I’ve had to look at actions, rather than words. Sadly, it reminds me of Peter and the Wolf because once someone demonstrates he is willing to lie to protect his image or his party’s unflinching belief in Humankind-caused Climate Change in the face of scientific facts to the contrary, it is hard to not take that into account in future assessments of accuracy and truth.

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  3. gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
    June 11, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    Exposing THIS administration does not necessarily make one a trader.

    We, the American People, have been duped and crossed by ALL Branches of this Government, and as said by a brilliant person, ‘an enemy of my enemy, is my friend’.

    That said, enemy surveillance must be done, but it must be controlled by an independent administration, responsible to the people, and performed in accordance with the Constitution of The United States of America. This could be a board of elected jurors, or Ombudsman from each respective state.
    Barrack Obama nor Errant Holder are in the “trust” column; the Congress is flukey at best, and the wheels are coming off the SCOTUS.

    We either save ourselves, or perish.

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    • 1389ADComment by 1389AD
      June 11, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

      My take on this is here.

      Let’s stay focused, please!

      Our own government is in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood, and they, not the Russians nor the Chinese, are our enemies.

      The Obama regime would like nothing better than to have us debate endlessly on Edward Snowden and what should happen to him. Focusing on Snowden is a huge mistake. I don’t care whether he’s a hero, a villain, a pawn, or something else entirely – the story is not about Snowden at all.

      The story is about totalitarianism in America and about the attempt to spread this totalitarianism worldwide by acting on the side of the jihadis at every turn while pretending to be fighting against “terrorism.”

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