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Monday, October 24, 2016

Berlin (AFP) – Fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden voiced fears that U.S. “government officials want to kill me”, in a TV interview to be broadcast in Germany Sunday.

The comment comes just days after Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said the American feared for his life, following a report by BuzzFeed of explicit threats against him from unnamed Pentagon and National Security Agency (NSA) officials.

Snowden also told the German broadcaster: “These people, and they are government officials, have said they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me when I come out of the supermarket, and then watch as I die in the shower.”

The translated Snowden quotes were released by German public television chain ARD, as part of a longer interview shot secretly in Moscow that it plans to screen later Sunday.

In a BuzzFeed article posted online last week and entitled “American Spies Want Edward Snowden Dead”, a Pentagon official is quoted as saying: “I would love to put a bullet in his head.”

“In a world where I would not be restricted from killing an American, I personally would go and kill him myself,” a current NSA analyst was further quoted as saying.

One unnamed army officer told BuzzFeed that Snowden could be “poked” on his way home from buying groceries by a passerby who is actually a U.S. agent.

Snowden “thinks nothing of it at the time (and soon) starts to feel a little woozy,” the U.S. intelligence officer is quoted as saying. “And the next thing you know he dies in the shower.”

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  • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

    BuzzFeed doesn’t name the Pentagon and NSA officials who have made threats against him? Why not? Does BuzzFeed think they are more credible threats than when Nugent said in 2012 “If Obama is re-elected I will either be dead or in Prison” or the Josh Black who tweeted ‘It’s time to arrest the President and ‘hang him high.’ Sorry, if someone threatened him than let authorities know and it can be investigated as to blowing off steam or a credible threat that need to be addressed. So much Drama –

    • dpaano

      Disqus….I have to agree. In my opinion, I think Snowden is a traitor and needs to come back to the States and explain himself. As others have said, he can’t be considered a whistleblower based on how he went about his actions….I hope he enjoys sitting in his small apartment in Russia being afraid to go outside! It serves his right!

  • RSDrake

    There is a right and wrong way to be a whistleblower. How he did it was wrong.

    Furthermore he apparently released not only NSA monitoring but operational security information as well “endangering men and women in the armed forces” and possibly others in the intelligence field.

    Let him sit in a small apartment in Russia with security guards around him. This is as good as prison – he lost the “freedom” he was seeking – well deserved.

  • lambypie

    Me thinks if they wanted him dead he wouldn’t be talking about it,

  • bob shipp

    US officials want to kill him? Well, so do I and thousands of others who truly understand the implications of what he’s done. Those who worry that the NSA is watching them are self important idiots who hardly rate a raised eyebrow in the big scheme of things.

    • oldtack

      amen Bob!

  • oldtack

    Edward Snowden is partially correct in his assertion that the Government wants him dead. So also do many thousands of Military Security and Intelligence personnel, both active and former. Snowden betrayed a sacred oath and trust and has endangered our entire infrastructure. There is a saying “Once a Marine always a Marine” which is true. There is another lesser known one – “Once a member of Security and Intelligence ALWAYS a member…” If he were captured and was to be executed there would be multitudes in line for the pleasure of carrying out the task.

  • elw

    Well, duh. So would any other Country that you stole secret information from. Why do you think Russia was the only Country to take you? The way you did what you did was wrong and the information you released went way beyond tracking ordinary citizens phone calls without cause. It is called taking responsibility for your actions. You should have thought thing out more carefully.

    • Sand_Cat

      Not to pick on you personally, but just how should someone who risked his life to oppose dangers to our freedoms have done “what you did” according to those whose action in such areas is limited to writing letters to the editor and comments on The National Memo?

      • elw

        What difference would it make what I would do? He lied about his qualification to get his job, signed a confidentiality agreement knowing full-well he was going to break it by farming for information and he planned his escape. Does not sound like an honest or trustworthy person to me.

  • Sand_Cat

    Remember, these guys who want to kill him are the ones many are willing to trust with their most intimate secrets. It’s easy to tell all have high respect for the Constitution and the rule of law.

    • bob shipp

      Perhaps you can enlighten us as to which law NSA broke since all of the disclosed activity was sanctioned by congressional intelligence committees. Read your consent agreements that you have agreed to online. Those who claim to be shocked or unaware haven’t been paying attention. ALL of the revelations could have been extrapolated by simply reading the newspapers. I consider myself a progressive liberal but not a fool and I find Snowden’s actions repugnant. Notice, nothing has been done to curtail the actual collection of data just some shuffling around and I don’t think anything will really change.

  • Eden Marling

    Thank goodness for Edward Snowden… while you all parrot how we need to trust the government to do the right thing, just remember this is the same government who has ruled laws enforced differently for the rich and for the poor. I pray for Snowden’s continued safety and I represent a LOT of people that appreciate everything Snowden did. He is a hero not to be scorned. Jesus went thru the same thing so you’re in good company!

  • Justin Napolitano

    He is a traitor to his country. A patriot does not run to Russia for protection. He should come back to the US and make a case for what he has done. If he refuses to do that then he gets what he deserves. Maybe he likes living in Putin’s Russia. I’l bet he feel especially free there doesn’t he?

  • Jakie Lewis

    I am pretty sure if his assertions were correct he would be dead. Personally, I don’t want him dead, but he is welcome to stay right there in Russia. He is not just a whistleblower, he planned this whole charade and he didn’t do it to protect me, or you, he did it to be the “big” man.

  • Handis O’Hara

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  • To the people who are against him; you belong in an oppressive government who watches you 24/7. I’d rather immigrate to another country before being treated like a child.

    And I am a proud Snowden supporter. We need more men like him.