NSA whistleblower voted third party, donated to Ron Paul

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in the Guardian:

Q: When did you decide to leak the documents?

A: “You see things that may be disturbing. When you see everything you realise that some of these things are abusive. The awareness of wrong-doing builds up. There was not one morning when I woke up [and decided this is it]. It was a natural process.

“A lot of people in 2008 voted for Obama. I did not vote for him. I voted for a third party. But I believed in Obama’s promises. I was going to disclose it [but waited because of his election]. He continued with the policies of his predecessor.”

(emphasis added).

He doesn’t say which third party, however, Opensecrets.org shows that he gave $500 to Ron Paul in 2012.

4 thoughts on “NSA whistleblower voted third party, donated to Ron Paul

  1. Mark Jones

    I’m interested to know which third party. Hopefully someone will ask in another interview.

  2. Jake_Witmer

    I’d love to see Paulie interview Snowden, but I’m afraid that the general public, and even most libertarians would be utterly incapable of following along, philosophically. This is a real problem, because political ideas are more easily understood than most engineering ideas, and yet, fewer people understand these ideas than are licensed engineers.

    Our civilization depends on a majority of voters understanding the ideas of Clay Conrad, John Lilburne, James Madison, John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Ayn Rand, Samuel Konkin, K. Eric Drexler, Eliezer Yudkowsky, Stephen Wolfram, etc.

    But even though these ideas –in terms suitable for the layman– are not very difficult to comprehend, most people do not comprehend them. Thus, most voters vote against freedom in every election. Thus, because my freedom depends on their vote, I am not free.

    This is unacceptable.

    Either the general public will need to elevate itself to a higher standard on its own, or individual petitioners will need to interface with the voters, and encourage them to hold themselves to a higher standard.

    The internet cannot hold them to a higher standard, because they are not curious and intellectually-honest enough to seek out adequate sources of information.

    This is one reason why I believe Paulie would ask Snowden some good questions. Paulie spends a lot of time circulating petitions among the general public. He’s well-educated enough to spread good memes into circulation.

  3. NewFederalist

    When Snowden finally arrives at wherever he will go into asylum perhaps there could be a fundraiser to get up the money to send Paulie there for an interview.

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