Snowden Claims He's Torture-Proof
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
In this Friday, July 12, 2013 file photo originally made available by Human Rights Watch, NSA leaker Edward Snowden attends a meeting with Russian activists and officials at Sheremetyevo airport.   (AP Photo/Tatyana Lokshina, Human Rights Watch, file)

(Newser) – What has a former Navy SEAL calling Edward Snowden "very naive"? This fairly wild statement, plucked by Business Insider from a letter Snowden wrote to a US senator that was published by the Guardian:

  • No intelligence service—not even our own—has the capacity to compromise the secrets I continue to protect. While it has not been reported in the media, one of my specializations was to teach our people at DIA how to keep such information from being compromised even in the highest threat counter-intelligence environments (ie, China). You may rest easy knowing I cannot be coerced into revealing that information, even under torture.

Geoffrey Ingersoll, writing for Business Insider, is gobsmacked. "Pretty strange coming from a guy who allegedly fled Hong Kong for fear of losing Internet, who's now growing 'tired' of living in a Moscow airport's hotel." Of course, there might be a little bluster involved. RT interviewed a lawyer who is consulting Snowden, and he had this to say: "When asked ... why [Snowden] chose to file a petition in Russia and why he came here, he replied that he fears for his life and well-being, that he is also afraid of torture, and that he could get executed. And what he says sounds quite convincing, because the US still administers capital punishment and torture."

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Jul 17, 2013 8:47 PM CDT
This poor guy is completely clueless. There are torture methods that would have him giving information he didn't even know he knew.....
Jul 17, 2013 6:55 PM CDT
Snowden is nothing but a coward. He should man up and come back to the USA and face what he has coming. No country should give him political asylum--what he did does not come under what asylum truly means.
Jul 17, 2013 5:54 PM CDT
Would he please just settle in a new life in Venezuela, Honduras, Russia, Iran, N. Korea, and get it over. I want him to look behind him in anticipation for his just desserts.