Mark Snowden is a self-promoting figurehead of delusional Internet-based ethics. He flaunts NSA security policy secrets like a pop-up ad. Snowden leveraged his notoriety into celebrity, and he’s kept himself most recently in the news as a anti-surveillance guru by asking Putin for advice.

People have differing views of what America is, which is part of the First Amendment, but Snowden’s view is a democracy, it’s anarchy. Strangely enough, he found refuge in the exact opposite of an anarchist state.

I’m not a big fan of Mark Snowden. National security aside, I don’t like him because I see him as the most prominent symbol of a generation that mistakes tech savviness for wisdom, and we all know common sense is in short supply in cyberspace. Anyone over the age of 35 knows that the last country on Earth that should be touted for its open-minded with media is the former Soviet Union.

I will not bother dragging out the skeleton of the Soviet Union for this one. There’s no need. After beginning his second marathon as the executive arm of the Soviet Union–excuse me, I mean Russia–Putin has done his best to ensure citizens stay in line with Mother Russia, and began building the new Berlin cyber-Wall. So here’s a few modern examples of government censorship and surveillance?

– The Russian government has blocked several sites critical of their current intrusion into Ukraine, calling these sites “extremist.”
– Russia has shut down several TV stations after they aired programs critical of Vladimir Putin.
– Russia has an entire department dedicated to the interception of ALL electronic communication; tourists visiting Sochi for the Olympics this year known about firsthand.

That Mark Snowden would somehow consider Russia a bastion of free speech and openness is beyond absurd. Of course, for a guy who traded his oaths to the U.S. government for fame, I guess it makes perfect sense. Anything for a headline.

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