Sunday 4 December 2016

Striking a whistleblow for democracy

Claims that the Anglo Tapes pose a major threat to due process are utter nonsense, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 07/07/2013 | 05:00

WE blew it. There was a small window of opportunity during which we could have made serious money out of this Edward Snowden dude. The whistleblower, a former US intelligence worker, has revealed the extent to which the US government has been spying on other governments and citizens. This has thoroughly pissed off the Yanks. They want Snowden so bad they can taste it. They want him the way Wile E Coyote wants the Roadrunner.

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There he is, stranded in a transit area of Moscow airport, his citizenship cancelled without due process. Snowden had Fast Buck Opportunity written all over him. Our establishment – timid, deferential and apologetic when dealing with the Yanks – missed its chance to monetise Mr Snowden.

What we should have done was offer Snowden Irish citizenship. Once we'd smuggled him into the country we could have cuffed him, tossed him into solitary and called that charming Mr Obama and offered him a deal.

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