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Snowden currently faces criminal charges in the U.S. for revealing to citizens that their gov't spies on them

Would you give a job to a technical expert widely heralded as brilliant, but with no formal credentials, and a history of stealing data from his employers, which the candidate says was necessary to whistleblow on wrongdoing?

For many companies the answer would be a flat out "no", but at least one Russian firm is adopting more of a cautiously open-minded approach.  In an interview with Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news agency, a lawyer for Edward Snowden revealed his client had obtained a position working tech support for a "major Russian website".

Edward Snowden received asylum from Russia, who has protected the leaker from extradition to the U.S., where he faces criminal charges for his unauthorized acquisition of sensitive documents during his time working as U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) administrator and U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor.

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A major Russian website reportedly hired Edward Snowden -- although no one knows which one.

Mr. Snowden revealed details of the U.S. government's spying on U.S. citizens that led to the Obama administration and the U.S. intelligence agencies being caught in apparent lies several times.  Even as the intelligence community backtracked and slowly acknowledged Mr. Snowden's claims, they steadfastly have argued that Mr. Snowden is a criminal and the U.S. government needs to keep spying secret from citizens.

A former intelligence official was quoted by NBC News, stating:

Every day, they are learning how brilliant [Snowden] was.  This is why you don’t hire brilliant people for jobs like this. You hire smart people. Brilliant people get you in trouble.  The damage, on a scale of 1 to 10, is a 12.

Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden was "too smart" to hire, says one former intelligence official.  When he caught wind of massive gov't spying and corruption he blew the whistle in a responsible way when a "dumber" employee might have stayed quiet, ignorant, and obedient . [Image Source: AP]

It is explicitly unlawful for the NSA to spy on U.S. citizens, however, the NSA claims that most of its seizure of Americans' data is not unlawful because it assumes they are foreigners.  Some members of Congress have defended this viewpoint, saying it's necessary to spy on citizens to fight "terrorists" and that the NSA is simply protecting the public by finding ways to circumvent U.S. laws that restrict it from unchecked domestic spying.  

The NSA recently admitted in audits that its employees did more flagrantly break the law thousands of times a year -- in addition to the millions of times its says its seized citizens' data legally by calling U.S. citizens foreigners.  But NSA officials like exiting NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander insist that it's worth it for Americans to sacrifice some of their privacy freedoms for safety.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) disagrees, and has filed suit against the government, over what it says is a chronic history of illegal attacks on U.S. citizens' Constitutional rights.

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The ACLU calls Edward Snowden a hero for fighting to protect the Constitution -- the key task all government workers are supposed to swear an oath to uphold.  [Image Source: ACLU]
A petition to pardon Edward Snowden has received 138,000 signatures on the White House's petition site  Any petition with 100,000 signatures (a target that follows to bumps in threshold) is supposed to get a response from President Obama.  However, since the petition hit that threshold in June, it has been met with silence from President Obama.

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayde told U.S. News in an email this month, ""Response times vary.  We're not in a position to comment on the substance of a response before it has been issued.""

A similar past petition was greeted with the boiler plate response:

The President takes his constitutional power to grant clemency very seriously, and recommendations from the Department of Justice are carefully considered before decisions are made.  The White House does not comment, however, on individual pardon applications. In accordance with this policy and the We the People Terms of Participation–which explain that the White House may sometimes choose not to respond to petitions addressing certain matters—the White House declines to comment on the specific case addressed in this petition.

The Russian government and Mr. Snowden's lawyers have kept his location a secret since he was granted asylum in August, to protect him from potential assasination efforts.  However, it is thought he is somewhere in the greater Moscow area.

Source: RIA Novosti

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By Spookster on 10/31/2013 4:24:51 PM , Rating: -1
I wonder when Jason Mick is going to come out of the closet and admit he has sexual fantasies about Edward Snowden.

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By Flunk on 10/31/13, Rating: -1
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By Jedi2155 on 10/31/2013 7:44:51 PM , Rating: 2
I'll admit I have a man-crush on Snowden. I.e. wish I had a marriage proposal from Anna Chapman!

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By Makaveli on 10/31/2013 8:51:28 PM , Rating: 2
She's ok not really my cup of tea.

Seen better.

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By Motoman on 10/31/2013 11:43:12 PM , Rating: 2
Oh come on...that's an endless supply of Black Widow fantasies right there!

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By Makaveli on 11/1/2013 12:19:04 PM , Rating: 2
Your right Motoman,

but I would take scarlett johansson in a heartbeat over her.

Now that is a good looking woman.

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By drycrust3 on 11/1/2013 3:26:34 AM , Rating: 5
It seems to me that Jason Mick understands something that apparently you don't: Rights have to be protected. You Americans have a whole lot of rights enshrined in a constitution that governs the way laws are drafted and the way the American government behaves towards its citizens (in case you don't know, I'm not American).
History tells you that one of the first things to be trampled on in the run up to a dictatorship is a country's constitution and its existing laws.
Here you have both: Your constitutional rights have been eroded and you have government agencies that are breaking the law. The path your government follows in the coming months will tell you a lot.
You should be proud of Americans like Edward Snowden (and journalists like Jason Mick for keeping this issue in the media) because they are prepared to stand up for what they believe is right.
Your comment doesn't do anything to protect the authority of the US Constitution, it just denigrates those who are earnestly trying to protect your rights.

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