To Hold You Over
A Grim Reading of the Recent Intelligence Scandals

NSA leaker "trained" to be Special Forces

The guy who dropped all the NSA info to the Guardian has poked his head up and it is sitting atop a pencil neck. While all of the surveillance being conducted is properly shocking nothing released so far shows any crimes. It is a stunningly far-reaching program that definitely should be questioned, but so far appears to have been done legally.

That matters, and the leaker is not a whistleblower unless that changes. He is simply another guy who disagreed with policies and decided to break the law himself to make sure everyone knew about them. That will get you a bunk next to Bradley Manning.

I will have a more in depth look at secrets, leaks and spies soon, but for now I have a question. Has anyone in the community heard anything about this guy going to the Q course? This is in his story.

In 2003, he enlisted in the US army and began a training program to join the Special Forces. Invoking the same principles that he now cites to justify his leaks, he said: "I wanted to fight in the Iraq war because I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression".

He recounted how his beliefs about the war's purpose were quickly dispelled. "Most of the people training us seemed pumped up about killing Arabs, not helping anyone," he said. After he broke both his legs in a training accident, he was discharged.

So that would have been 10 years ago, making him a 19 year old 18X candidate. I can't imagine that many people broke both their legs in a training accident, so if anyone can validate this story at all, let me know. jimbo at unclejimbo dot com. And do go watch the video at the link. The guy is very coherent and tells a reasonable tale. But as I said so far he has not blown the whistle on anything other than policy disagreements. You handle that at the ballot box, or through the official channels. You do not get to release classified info just because you don't like what is going on.