The Edward Snowden saga: More thrills than Enemy of the State.



Edward Snowden is No Enemy of Our State! (Wiener Zeitung, Austria)


"The screenwriters of Enemy of the State were incapable of coming up with the latest twist in the saga. ... Europe should have offered Snowden asylum. That would have been the suitable response to America’s attack on European interests. The fact that Russia of all places could be an asylum country for Snowden is yet another oddity in the bizarre Snowden thriller."


By Thomas Seifert



Translated By John Goodall


July 10, 2013


Austria - Wiener Zeitung - Original Article (German)

The Edward Snowden saga: Too incredible to dream up.


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It would never have occurred to the writers of spy thriller Enemy of the State, starring Gene Hackman and Will Smith: When an attorney discovers what's behind a politically-motivated murder, the NSA comes after him, hunting him down like a felon. Just like Edward Snowden, who never committed a murder, but exposed a gigantic eavesdropping conspiracy by the United States against users of Google, Facebook, and other Internet services, and most recently against politicians and diplomatic representatives of E.U. nations.


However, Enemy of the State lacks the spectacular escape Snowden had: from Hawaii via Hong Kong to Russia. The screenwriter's imagination was incapable of coming up with the latest twist in the saga: a threat from the Russian president to the effect that the whistleblower should stop “damaging our American partners with his work” and then apply for asylum in Moscow. The Snowden affair is certainly exciting for fans of the thriller genre, but the political consequences are serious. First of all, there is the sad realization that the U.S. appears to consider Europe an enemy, because one doesn't spy on friends and allies in such a brazen manner, to the point that even politicians from E.U. countries have been tapped. And in the long term then, the consequences for transatlantic relations will likely be more serious than summoning U.S. ambassadors to make reports. Europe must insist that part of any trade agreement with the United States is absolutely watertight data protection, which is open to question after recent discoveries.

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In a world dominated by imperial power blocks led by the U.S., China and Russia, European countries have only one shot at asserting themselves. They must work together to make themselves independent of the United States, both militarily and in terms of intelligence. This is even more true considering that in regard to Edward Snowden, the United States clearly has more in common with Russia than with Europeans concerned about their privacy. Europe should have offered Snowden asylum. That would have been the suitable response to America’s attack on European interests. The fact that Russia of all places could be an asylum country for Snowden is yet another oddity in the bizarre Snowden thriller.


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