While Edward Snowden quietly settled into his new life in Russia, the snowball of his revelations continues to reverberate across the global continental shelf. The Snowden Principle is equally as perplexing to those in positions of power, as it is to the court jesters lobbying for their favor. Mainstream media statists are happily dancing pas de deux with establishment apologists.
The main reasons for this onslaught are quite simple. First, powers that be don’t appreciate being challenged, much less exposed. Secondly, they can’t stand the thought of being a foregone conclusion. Snowden not only managed to blow the whistle on this century’s most nefarious privacy violations, but he also figured out how to remain free.
With the help of Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Wikileaks, Snowden evaded the Venus Flytrap of whistleblowers.
Many moons ago, Mao Tse-tung came up with The Hundred Flowers Campaign, during which the Communist Party of China (CPC) encouraged its citizens to openly criticize the regime. When Mao was satisfied that he had “enticed the snakes out of their caves,” the crackdown began. Dissidents were publicly criticized and condemned to prison.