Special to WorldTribune.com
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.
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 U.S. 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 Salon.com, 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 Accuracy In Media Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.