HOT BLAST: A presidential disappointment on torture and whistleblowers
Nov 05, 2013
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Remember hope and change? Yes we can, barely.Seems like a million miles from where the Obama White House is today.Writing about the plight of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Conor Friedersdorf offers a devastating summation of where the administration stands today:Circa 2008, Barack Obama gave his supporters reason to believe that if he were elected, he would protect whistleblowers and obey U.S. law on the subject of torture.
In this video frame grab provided by LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks over his shoulder during a boat trip on the Moscow River in Moscow. LifeNews said the video was shot in September 2013 and Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, confirmed the photo's authenticity. Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released recently after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel)
He has disappointed on both subjects.