Accuracy in Media

In a story headlined, “The New Snowden Movie is the Best PR He’ll Ever Get,” a young writer with no knowledge of Russian espionage operations quotes an ACLU lawyer as saying that the upcoming movie “Snowden” will paint the former NSA analyst living in Russia as “a hero who exposed the great injustices and overreach of the global surveillance state.” The film will therefore “have a huge effect on how the public sees Snowden,” he says.

But the film, scheduled for release on September 16, may be an attempt to salvage the reputations of both Edward Snowden and the filmmaker, Oliver Stone.

Edward Snowden is charged with espionage, and has been described by presidential candidate Donald J. Trump as a traitor who should be executed.

His disclosures of NSA surveillance techniques have assisted America’s enemies and adversaries, including the Islamic State and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. I wrote a book about the case, Blood on His Hands: The True Story of Edward Snowden, examining the setbacks for American foreign policy in the wake of Snowden’s theft of classified documents, and the U.S. being caught blind regarding Russian aggression and Islamic State expansion into Europe and America.

Two days before the film’s release, some theaters will feature a live question-and-answer period between Snowden and Stone following a special screening, with Snowden appearing live from Moscow.

Stone is apparently hoping the film will restore his reputation as an avant-garde filmmaker whose previous release, “South of the Border,” was an embarrassing apology for a series of Latin American communists. It depicted Venezuela as heaven on earth and featured interviews with such despots as Hugo Chavez, Lula da Silva of Brazil and Raul Castro.

Chavez has since expired and met his maker, while Venezuela is a hell-hole example of how socialism works in practice, with shortages, massive inflation and violations of human rights on a constant basis. Lula da Silva’s successor, Dilma Rousseff, has just been impeached in Brazil. Castro is still in power because Barack Obama and Pope Francis engineered U.S. recognition of the Communist regime in Cuba, and thereby a lifeline of new money.

Trying to make himself newsworthy again, Stone has made the movie, “Snowden,” after a trip to Russia where he met with former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. Upon his return, he delivered the commencement speech at the University of Connecticut, where he described Edward Snowden as “an avatar” for the next generation.

Previous avatars have included Aldrich Ames, the CIA traitor, and Robert Hanssen, the FBI traitor. Both were spies for the Soviets and are serving life sentences in prison.

“I think Snowden is a terrible threat, I think he’s a terrible traitor, and you know what we used to do in the good old days when we were a strong country—you know what we used to do to traitors, right?” Trump said to host Eric Bolling on Fox News. “Well, you killed them, Donald,” Bolling replied.

He was apparently referring to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were American citizens executed for espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union back in 1953.

Yet, President Obama’s then-Attorney General Eric Holder actually wrote to the Russians, promising them that Snowden would be spared the death penalty if he returned to the United States.

In a story about how Snowden is pulling in tens of thousands of capitalist dollars for digital speaking appearances from Russia at American colleges and other events like concerts and Comic-Con, Michael Isikoff and Michael B. Kelley of Yahoo! News reported that advance work in the media for the new Snowden movie is being handled by “veteran liberal public relations executive David Fenton.”

That seems appropriate. In the past, Fenton has represented George Soros, the communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the Salvadoran communist guerrillas and CIA defector Philip Agee.

Snowden seems to be the NSA equivalent of Agee, who defected from the CIA and became a Cuban and Soviet agent. Benjamin S. Civiletti, attorney general in the Carter administration, provided Agee with immunity from prosecution. At the time, the FBI was arguing for prosecution of Agee on the grounds that he was engaging in espionage activity against the U.S.

Snowden may be seeking to return to the U.S. because of what happened to another defector from the NSA to Russia. Victor Norris Hamilton, a former code analyst with the NSA who defected to Russia, was discovered in the 1990s at a Moscow psychiatric prison hospital. After the Soviets milked him, they put him in a rubber room.

Former Reagan National Security Council staffer Oliver North says that Snowden will be killed by the Russians when they have finished using him for propaganda purposes. Then, he suggests, the Russians will blame his death on the CIA.

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  • RMThoughts

    Will the KGB of the Soviet Union kill Cliff Kincaid? uhhh, NO.

    Cliff needs to wake up and see we are in 1986. Kincaid is a Cold War delusional who didn’t ask, Who does Snowden inconvenience the most?

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Yes they will ! Putin has already stated that if he tries to teach him about diversity one more time he was going to bury him in the Black Sea !

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Why anyone exposing the “overreach of the global surveillance state” would seek sanctuary in the birthplace of the surveillance state, makes absolutely no sense.

    “We can achieve a sort of control under which the controlled, though they are following a code much more scrupulously than was ever the case under the old system, nevertheless feel free. They are doing what they want to do, not what they are forced to do. That’s the source of the tremendous power of positive reinforcement—there’s no restraint and no revolt.” — Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy

    Surely Snowden is more controlled under his new system, than he ever was in the old.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    A diverse group of people, dialoguing to consensus, over a social issue, in a facilitated meeting, is a soviet council form of government.

  • Mitch Hedges

    I’ve thought for a long time the disinformation operation gained by killing Snowden and blaming it on CIA would be in Russia’s interest. However, if Snowden is killed in Russia and Russia blames it on CIA it will show weakness against America and that could be antithetical to their strategy. That said, killing Snowden would fulfill their anti US narrative and they pack things so nicely (Russian strategy seems like a Zip file sometimes, lol).

  • donhank

    Interesting. Now that Trump’s poll numbers look hopeful, no more anti-Trump articles?
    A while back, it was all about commie Trump and his Kremlin connections,
    “In addition to his oratorical style of personal insults and one-liners, which have alienated many voters, his Achilles heel is the reluctance to address Russian aggression in the Middle East and Europe.”
    Folks, even the OSCE is admitting that it is the US-backed Kiev coup government that is violating ceasefires and Minsk. And in the Middle East, keen observers like Cliffy have not yet noticed that the US did not start attacking ISIS in earnest until Russia did so starting last September.
    But oh, gee, we can’t let Russia defeat the mortal enemy of civilization, now can we? And just imagine, if the commie loving Trump is elected, he might just let Russia defeat ISIS and make the world safe. What a horrible world, without war. If ONLY Hillary is elected and starts WW III, right Cliffy?

  • donhank

    Er, so the West, with its debt based economy, must win at all costs against a country with a public debt of only 15% of GDP and PROVE that debt and a currency based thereon plus a population addicted to welfare is superior to an economy based on hard work, manufacturing and saving. Uh, ok, whatever.

  • donhank

    So why does he stay then, Cliffy? Are you absolutely certain that Russia has less freedom in the US? What kind of freedom do we have when 2 hard working bakers minding their own business are fined $130,000 for refusing to accept a corrupt and absurd definition of marriage, ie, for accepting an age-old definition of marriage that antedates civilization itself — and is accepted by Christianity and all other religions? Despite all the racist Russia hate spewed by AIM, this outrage COULD NOT HAPPEN in Russia, which is now the only world power that truly defends marriage, and the birth rate shows it. Maybe for you the only true freedom is freedom of sexual choices, but for most Americans, the alarming loss of religious freedom in the US is the central freedom issue. And NO, Russia does not forbid Christians from sharing their faith. They recently deported a “pastor” from the US for officiating at a “gay” wedding in Russia. I applaud that strong defense of traditional Christianity, and if you don’t, then keep opposing the gay agenda in your articles and see what eventually happens to you in an administration of your favorite gal.

  • donhank

    You mean the US government, right?

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    They are getting closer by day.

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  • donhank

    Er, Cliffy, was AIM not founded based on the premise that the media are inaccurate? So why cite an article from the media? What the public needs, and may never get, is a translation of the text portion of the law in question that prohibits sharing one’s faith. I am in the process of reading, in the original Russian, this extremely long law and have not yet found this impugned text portion. I need to admit that one of my pet peeves is charlatans who write about Russia as though they were experts but do not have a reading knowledge of the language. In questions such as this such a knowledge is an absolute necessity, and neither the msm, which you rightly accuse of being inaccurate, and such sites as yours, which laughably purports to be accurate but has a generous funding source from the obviously biased Neocon community, have such linguists on staff for consultation. In view of the nuclear potential of the US, Russia and China, you are, after all, dealing in matters of life and death of planet earth, and your shoddy approach to the subject matter is absolutely appalling — and dangerous.
    Here are 2 commentaries on the impugned law from opposite viewpoints. The first was written by a Mormon, the second by an Orthodox church rep. BOTH are free of the sensationalism that marks the Breitbart article:
    Written by Mormon:
    Orthodox Church comments:

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    I am not Cliff Kincaid.

  • Mitch Hedges

    This is why I don’t trust Putin and why anyone who thinks he is a good leader should get their ass kicked out of America:

    As follows is a timeline of reliable sources which integrates the events of the 1999 Moscow Apartment Bombings, September 11 2001 – and the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars – suggesting an intentional involvement by the Russian government in order to deceive America.

    1.) Bombings happened in September 1999 in Moscow.

    2.) An obscure Vladimir Putin blames the bombings on Chechen separatists and leads Russia to war.

    3.) A relationship builds between Vladimir Putin and George W Bush. Bush looks into his eyes and gets a “sense of his soul”.

    4.) September 11 attacks occur on Sept 11 2001.

    5.) Based on intelligence in part from Russia*, the US launches an attack on Taliban forces in Afghanistan. (War in Afghanistan nearly bankrupted the former Soviet Union.)

    6.) Boris Berezovsky (Oligarch) and Alexander Litvinenko (FSB agent), two dissidents who fled Russia in 2000 after Putin came to power begin to claim publicly (along others like David Satter) that the FSB was behind the apartment building bombings in Russia.

    8.) * Evidence emerges Putin was the first world leader to contact Bush on September 11 2001, in addition to feeding intelligence about the coming attack in advance. (The implication is that he told Bush that Russia had been through similar challenges with Islamic terrorism based on the experience with Moscow bombings.)

    9.) Putin strongly chastises US actions leading to war in Iraq, saying weapons inspectors should do their jobs.

    10.) US Goes to war in Iraq in part based on Russian intelligence**.

    11.) Russia Prosecutor General unexpectedly closes inquest into Moscow bombings, charging no Chechens, despite the original claims by the FSB.

    [12.) High-level Soviet Era defector Ion Mihai Pacepa alleges knowledge of plan for removal of WMD from Iraq. ]

    13.) ** Evidence emerges that Putin provided Bush with intelligence that Iraq was planning terror attacks against the US in advance of US declaration of war.

    14.) Alexander Litvinenko alleges that Ayman al Zawahiri was trained by the FSB in Dagestan in 1998. (Litvinenko was stationed in Chechnya for the FSB during the First Chechen War (1994-1996) — supposedly his superiors who were later transferred to Moscow told him of this.)

    15.) Alexander Litvinenko dies from polonium 210 poisoning. (Obit notes Zawahiri claim)
    16.) Secondary source )

    17.) Foremost KGB Scholar Amy Knight cites definitive proof of FSB complicity in Moscow bombings.

    18.) directly insinuates that 9/11 attacks in New York are a false flag attack by the US Government. (In addition, a tremendous amount of Kremlin-friendly disinformation outlets like,,, WhatDoesItMean.Org, begin to push a lot of false flag stories, implying Putin is about to release satellite evidence proving 9/11 was an “inside job”, etc.)

    [19.) RFERL article on “The Cold War Roots of Islamist Terrorism” inspired by the book Disinformation co-authored by Pacepa which elaborates on the strategies Russia uses to develop AntiAmericanism in the Middle East. ]

    20.) UK finds evidence of Putin complicity in Litvinenko murder.


    So, in a nutshell, over time, evidence has emerged that the context for the rapprochement between Putin and Bush which was the mutual suffering of Islamic terrorism was largely fabricated by Putin . Putin used the bombings in Russia to create an analogy with the 9/11 attacks (1,2,3,4,5,8). However, scholarly consensus is that the FSB was behind the Moscow bombings (6,7,17). Russia strangely closed the case on the bombings, charging no Chechens, despite that having been the original pretext for a war on terror there (1,2,11). There is also some evidence from a credible source (Litvinenko) that the FSB trained Ayman Al Zawahiri prior to Al Qaeda’s attacks on the west, and FSB was therefore at least logistically/strategically involved in Al Qaeda as well (14,15,16). (One case here strengthens the other due to Putin’s linking of them in his own testimony (8).)

    Next, we have evidence that Putin played a double game in Iraq as well, providing intelligence to Bush to argue for strikes there, and/or potentially facilitating the removal of chemical weapons from Iraq as Pacepa alleges (10,12,13). This again seems to be evidence of a strategy to bait the US into a costly (and perhaps assumed unwinnable) war. At the same time as providing this intelligence, Putin was front and center on the world stage denouncing the US for pursuing it (9).

    We also see a pattern whereby Putin apparently told the US about these events about to transpire, which would (if we take it at face value as being truthful) conflict strongly with the claims emerging from the Russian state propaganda apparatuses which blame the US for 9/11 later on (8,18). Pacepa’s work exposing disinformation highlights just how much the 9/11 conspiracy theories echo Kremlin disinformation themes about the villainy of the CIA for example; or Jewish conspiracies; as well as the Russian secret services’ historical role in cultivating such movements in the Middle East (18,19).

    We also see a pattern of death and murder involving journalists and dissidents who suggest such lines of inquiry into facts surrounding the FSB (15,16,17,20).

    This cross section of events seems to me to indicate Putin’s mendacity and his near obvious complicity in the events of 9/11. None of this gets into the coincidence of “Operation Northern Vigilance” ( . Nor does it get into the damage to the economy suffered in the wake of 9/11 (two major recessions – and 9/11 taking place in the very heart of the nation’s finances), or the cost in blood / treasure from two massive quagmires in the Muslim world, or the damage done to the reputation of the US globally by engaging in these wars. All of these outcomes benefit the Russian strategic interest as we’ve seen evident with growing assertiveness in Syria and Crimea (where similar proxy and denial models are used).

    I think this all ultimately presents a compelling “common sense” circumstantial case that Russia was almost certainly involved in 9/11 and misleading the US into war in order to benefit Russia’s strategic interests. The bases of many of Putin’s key claims to Bush which caused the US response to September 11 and also in Iraq were provably false and indicate a high degree of Russian involvement in their engineering.

  • donhank

    Yes, quick kick them out before they can rebut your evidence. There are a lot of theories on who killed Litvinenko. For example

  • Mitch Hedges

    Russia insider is your source, lol? It’s a bit of hyperbole. But these right winger idiots who think they are so tough on national security get their news from Russian disinformation sites like you. It’s ironic really. No doubt they’ll never realize how they’ve been bent over psychologically. Apparently some lidocaine in that lube.

  • Mitch Hedges

    But anyway, to be logical, there are no western intelligence agencies pushing those conspiracies. They’re all pushing the official story to avoid confrontation with Russia. Putin implicated himself with his own testimony is the major concern. So who did the Apartment Bombings in Moscow? Little Green Men? Oh wait a minute….

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  • terry1956

    The Russian Ruble being backed by what?

  • terry1956

    Julian did the better thing in not going to Russia.

  • terry1956

    Pointing out the anti Anglo/American common law ( the most superior human legal culture) actions of governments in the US does not in anyway, shape or form make Russia better where they always had an inferior legal system although yes it is much better than in the USSR years although still far worse than the current legal culture practiced in the US which is far worse than the proper Anglo/American legal system and very well may be the most far removed today than any time in US History except for the early years of FDR with the National Recovery Act’s total control of the economy which FDR and his fascist/ corporate dollar a day men and agents for the Russian controlled Soviet Union had to back off after federal judges told them it was illegal.
    Putin was KGB and it still effects the a hole who wants to rule the world as many a holes do although the US Congress, the International Chamber of Commerce, The Chinese Communist Party, The Trots, the EU Technocrats, the Muslim Brotherhood are competing a holes with each other and Putin to rule the world and stand a better chance of doing it than Putin.
    A true US Patriot must be against the goal of all of the above low life control freak a holes.

  • terry1956

    of course the soviet council system was bull in action, it was never based on local real consensus but the top only type that the International Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable wants to use to rule the world.
    Agenda 21 types claim to be building a local and regional consensus but only a small percentage know about the meetings, a smaller percentage attend and the Agenda 21 leaders control the topic of debate.
    The best legal system is the proper Anglo/American legal system which all cases tried either criminal or civil must be tried in the local vicinage where the crime or other wrong is said to have occurred.
    The case must be heard before a fully informed local jury of 12 regular US citizens and each of the 12 has a veto.
    If all 12 cast their veto against the government or private plaintiff action against the defendant then legally that is the end of the case and it favors the defendant with no retrial or no appeal at all for the government or private plaintiff.
    Now if 1 to 11 cast their veto that means the government or private plaintiff can not legally take the defends life, liberty or property ( including through taxes) at the time or ever unless the jury in a retrial gives 12 votes against the defense.
    In theory it would be possible to retry a case until there was no more people in the Vicinage jury pool and being that Vicinage means theHundred or one hundred households then there is a set number of retrials that could legally be done although that number may increase if children reach voting age and remain in the household of their parents, or grandparents but even if each of the 100 households had 12 adults then only 99 retrials would be possible but being that most hundreds will have 200 or less adults then most can 15 or less retrials in a single case.
    Although there may have been more I can not find with a quick online search a criminal case that has been tried more than 3 times.
    Anyway the point is that if all of the voters in the Hundred are for a law or tax then it can be legally enforced in the Hundred.
    If all in the Hundred are against the law or tax then it can not be enforced in the Hundred thus it is null and void in the Hundred.
    If 9% of the voters in the Hundred are against the law or tax and sometimes even if 1 voter is against the law or tax then it is possible the law or tax can not be enforced in the Hundred.
    Now if the defense loses the case in the Hundred then he or she can appeal and even the judge can in some cases dismiss the verdict against the defense and in some cases the defense can appeal all the way to the US Supreme Court although no court including the US Supreme Court should be either a judge only court or less than unanimous vote allowed to carry the decision.
    Even the US Supreme Court should have a jury of 12 regular citizens hearing and deciding on the case with the judges.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    “… a facilitated meeting”

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  • Bruno

    KGB no longer exists dumbass !