Irony Abounds: Snowden Charged For Spying When What He Really Did Was Reveal Massive Spying
from the that's-not-how-it-works dept
Andy Borowitz, who writes popular satirical pieces, has a great one entitled, “U.S. Seemingly Unaware of Irony in Accusing Snowden of Spying,” in response to the news from late last week that Edward Snowden has officially been charged under the espionage act. Like all great satire, it works because the underlying point is so true. Edward Snowden isn’t a spy. He exposed massive spying by the US government. And yet he’s the one charged with espionage?
At a press conference to discuss the accusations, an N.S.A. spokesman surprised observers by announcing the spying charges against Mr. Snowden with a totally straight face.
“These charges send a clear message,” the spokesman said. “In the United States, you can’t spy on people.”
It does seem quite ridiculous that the response to exposing massive spying to the public is to be accused of breaking a law designed to catch spies. But that’s what you get when the government is so hell bent on spying on everyone and not letting anyone know about it.