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Snowden’s WIRED Cover Story Depicts An American Flag-Wrapped Hero-Martyr

Snowden’s WIRED Cover Story Depicts An American Flag-Wrapped Hero-Martyr

It took almost no time at all after Edward Snowden exposed some of the NSA's more questionable goings-on that a divide of public opinion could be seen. Some consider Snowden to be a national hero, while others consider him to be nothing more than a traitor. Some might even consider it a grave insult if Snowden were to be seen with an American flag, much less grasping it close to hits heart. Thanks to WIRED, we're soon to see if that's the case.

The feature in the magazine's latest issue is the result of WIRED traveling to Snowden's unknown community in Russia, and spending more than a half-of-a-week picking his brain. As one would no doubt expect, gaining access to Snowden was a monumental challenge - the "most wanted man in the world" has to take extreme precaution to make sure his whereabouts are unknown. As far as we're aware, even the NSA, with its vast amounts of intelligence, does not know his location.

WIRED's Scott Dadich wrote up a fantastic piece that helps clue us in better to these challenges. "Reflexively, I reached into my left pants pocket for my iPhone, but it wasn't there. For half a second, my heart fluttered, but then I remembered that I had left the phone at home so it couldn't be tapped."


Photo Credit: Platon / Wired

Like Snowden, Dadich couldn't let anyone except an exclusive few know where he was headed. His co-workers thought he was en route to Paris for a project. Had the government been able to catch on to any of Dadich's changing behaviors, his travels to Russia might have raised a couple of red flags. Dadich admits that while he's done many important cover shoots in the past, he considered this one to be the biggest of his life. Clearly, he would have never have had to swear to such secrecy for any other.

Whatever your thoughts or beliefs are on Snowden, he's a man that still proclaims his love of his country. Dadich sums-up a key moment of the photo session, "We returned to the prop table, and Snowden picked up the flag. Platon asked him what he'd do with it in a picture. Snowden held the flag in his hands and delicately unfolded it. You could see the gears turning as he weighed his year in exile against the love of country that motivated him in the first place."

One thing's certain: Snowden does not like where he is, but feels that there's no real justice waiting for him at home. "Platon said. “I hope I get to see you back at home, in the US.” Snowden looked straight at him as he threw his backpack over his shoulder and said, “You probably won't.”"

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American Hero, though I do believe most Americans should have already been aware of the travesties being perpetrated on American Citizens.

The NSA, CIA, And the American Government are not America. The individual American makes up America, these Terrorist agencies like the CIA, and NSA, and frankly the Federal Reserve, have robbed Americans of what they value most, freedom. And the greatest mistake that today's American Population has made is becoming comfortable in what they perceive as freedom. All the while 70+ years of theft has gone on right in front of you, you wont know it till it's gone. -Cole

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I served 1 term in the US Air Force and I consider Snowden hundreds of times patriotic than I. He IS a real American hero. He sacrificed his personal life and technically freedom at no benefit to himself (other than what if he was searching for fame?). Hero; nuff' said.

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He is definitely a hero, but I sincerely doubt that he did what he did for fame, unless he is incredibly stupid or ill. No one in their right mind would throw away their life just so they can be on the front of a magazine. Oh, and thank you for your service. ;)

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"The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness".

Niels Bohr

The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.

John F. Kennedy

Where there is secrecy in public affairs, there is deception and often illegality.

We know, based on the public statements of the heads of the 9/11 Commission, that the government lied to the Commission. What were they covering up. Lies are fabricated to hide something.

Among the secrets exposed by Manning and Snowden were war crimes (see Collateral Damage video) and violations of the privacy of citizens and betrayal of allies with snooping.

Where there is much secrecy, there is much deception. It takes a true patriot to sacrifice his own career and safety to expose the crimes of government, which, not unsurprisingly, are kept secret.

When government action is secret, it is unaccountable. When government is unaccountable, it becomes tyrannical.

Those who expose government secrets are working to undo the tyranny of secrecy, unaccountability, and as a result, unlimited power. Unlimited power corrupts without limits.

Those who expose the corruption should be honored for their brave patriotism.

Those who criticize them are defenders of tyranny and deception.

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Dale, well said. There are plenty of people calling this man a "criminal." He broke the law after all - high treason. Really? Really? After what has been exposed, who are the criminals and who are the heroes and patriots? Most people don't have even a remote clue.

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The victors write history. Ben Franklin and half of the men and women responsible for setting the foundation of our country would have been considered traitors in their time as well. This man is not a whole lot different. Everyone has heard Franklin's quote by now, Snowden is making sure we take it to heart.

"Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one."

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There are some secrets a government has a right to keep in the name of national security,agent in the field certain technological advantages, this however was not one of those secrets what the NSA was/is doing is wrong and till we get a sitting administration with some morals and balls we are all screwed

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