Roger Simon: Edward Snowden is living a fantasy
"All I can say right now is the U.S. government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me," Snowden said recently.
Snowden also believes it is worth fleeing from. And not just with a toothbrush and a change of undies, but with four laptops and at least one thumb drive packed with U.S. intelligence secrets.
Snowden was given a top secret security clearance, even though he had scant qualifications. He revealed a bunch of secrets and then flew the coop to Hong Kong. Over the weekend, Snowden flew the coop again, this time to Russia.
Giving up your country, your friends and family was one thing, but giving up the Internet? C'mon, let's not get crazy
According to The New York Times: "Two Western intelligence experts, who worked for major government spy agencies, said they believed that the Chinese government had managed to drain the contents of the four laptops that Mr. Snowden said he brought to Hong Kong . If that were the case, they said, China would no longer need or want to have Mr. Snowden remain in Hong Kong."
"His fascination with games continued even as he rose to more responsible positions" in the intelligence community, The Washington Post wrote.
Though he flirted with the idea of becoming a male model, Snowden decided the world of secret intelligence held certain advantages. "If somebody likes you, it doesn't even matter if you put your pants on before your underwear in the morning - you will get the job," he wrote.
About eight years ago, Snowden began dating a pole-dancing instructor, and according to The Washington Post: "He boasted online about relations with his girlfriend, noting at one point: 'You have not lived until you've rolled over to post-coital Krispy Kremes. That's what being an American is all about.'"
I don't know what he expects to find at the end of his rainbow, but I think he will learn that once his secrets are used up, he will be just another fugitive, eager to recount to anyone who will still listen what a big deal he used to be.
And I think he is going to miss it very much.
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