Edward Snowden: hero or traitor ... or part of a government conspiracy? As with every major political event these days, there is a group of Americans who see something more sinister behind the NSA whistleblower, and Salon rounds up some theories:
- One of the most prominent is author, activist, and former Al Gore political consultant Naomi Wolf, who wrote a lengthy post on her Facebook page about her "creeping concern that the NSA leaker is not who he purports to be." She thinks he's too organized and level-headed to be a real whistleblower, and his soundbites "are the kinds of messages that the police state would LIKE journalists to take away."
- Radio host and conspiracy theorist Webster Tarpley says that "the most likely hypothesis for Snowden is that he’s a triple agent" working for the CIA to "weaken Obama" and push him into attacking Syria.
- Investigative journalist Jon Rappoport thinks the most likely scenario is that Snowden is just a pawn. "Snowden never saw any of those thousands of documents on an NSA computer. Never happened," he writes at Infowars. "Instead, he was either used or volunteered as a CIA operative to carry the endless turf war between CIA and NSA a new step forward."
- Meanwhile, others believe his interview with the Guardian contains secret messages about UFOs. (You might have to play it backward, of course.)
Click to read more theories at Salon