Ed Snowden Helps A Reporter Having A Seizure While Interviewing Him Remotely

from the wait,-what? dept

Here's a bizarre story. A German reporter, Julia Prosinger, spent a week in the NYC offices of the ACLU with Ben Wizner, one of the key lawyers working with Ed Snowden. There, she reports about the Robot Snowden that is set up in the ACLU offices, allowing Snowden to "hang out" with ACLU folks any time he wants (assuming people are around). You may have seen the robot Snowden on stage at TED, but apparently Snowden is still using a version of that thing that's just kept at the ACLU's offices, allowing him to zoom around and talk to folks. They're even talking about having more Snowdenbots around the globe so he can pop in virtually wherever he wants.

But, that's not the craziest part of the story.

It's that during the interview with Prosinger, she happens to have a seizure, and Snowden apparently both talks Wizner through what to do and calms Prosinger as she comes to.
Suddenly, during the attempt to explain German, I faint. I wake up, my head lies bedded on a sand bag, my body is in the recovery position. A calm voice is coming from the screen. “The first fits are always the worst,” Snowden says. I am lucky: Snowden is not only a patriot or traitor, he is also an epileptic. He instantly recognised what was happening to me. He tells me that he was only diagnosed when he was 23 years old. When he fled the US a little more than a year ago, he told his employer that he had to go away for a few weeks for treatment for his epilepsy. Then Snowden apologises for making me look at the flickering screen, it had triggered the fit, he says.

Ben Wizner brings a glass of juice. He is moved. He has been travelling for a year, because Snowden is stuck in Russia. He speaks where Snowden doesn’t have a voice. For a year now he has literally been Snowden’s right-hand man.

He just followed Snowden’s advice via Skype and stopped me from falling against the metal filing cabinets in his office. “That’s Ed how I know him. The empathy, the clear voice, the care,” says Wizner.
Of course, now we wonder how Mike Rogers will spin this into more evidence of Snowden being a Russian spy...

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    S. T. Stone, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 1:47pm

    Watch Snowden spin this as an instance of being a "live-saver" instead of the man who instigated this brutal assault of an American citizen.

     

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    Mike Rogers' Little Buddy, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 1:51pm

    Russian Mind Probe

    Snowden probably caused the seizure while trying to use some kind of subliminal Russian mind probe.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 1:54pm

    Re: Russian Mind Probe

    The linked article says he knew what caused it. It was triggered by the flickering screen.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 1:55pm

    was a good story

    until the cheap shot that is the last line !

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 1:57pm

    Re:

    Watch Alex Jones say false flag operation.
    Watch Fox News say Benghazi.

    Please elucidate exactly who instigated this brutal assault, (hint - it was not Snowden). I imagine you would rather take the easy way out and shoot the messenger.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Jun 11th, 2014 @ 1:59pm

    Re: Re:

    You seem to have missed the implied /s at the end there...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 2:01pm

    Re:

    You mean Rogers will spin it that way, right? From everything we've seen from Snowden, he wouldn't have even brought it up and had the reporter not told her story, we would have probably never heard about it. Now compare that to Rogers who goes on the network news practically every Sunday to bash Snowden and make unsubstantiated allegations against him. Now, which one looks like the narcissistic asshole to you?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 2:04pm

    Re: was a good story

    Rogers deserves all the cheap shots that are taken at him after all the cheap shots he's taken.

     

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    FM Hilton, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 2:12pm

    Wait until Rogers hears this!

    Oh, the hell with the heroic act that Snowden did; that he has the ability to talk to anyone anywhere in the world via a 'robot' will make everyone in the NSA crazy.

    "He's everywhere! Where in the world is Snowden? When will he strike again?"

    Looks like the trailer of a conspiracy movie, doesn't it? But seriously, the more I read about him, the more I see the upright moral and decent man who just happens to be the most wanted man by the US Government.

    They're going after the good guys now. Sad.

     

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    Superman, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 2:32pm

    Cape

    Can we get his Justice League cape delivered in Russia?

     

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    sorrykb (profile), Jun 11th, 2014 @ 2:37pm

    Re: Cape

    Superman asked:
    Can we get his Justice League cape delivered in Russia?
    Don't know about delivery in Russia, but I think the Snowbot at the ACLU office should definitely get a cape.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 2:38pm

    Re: Wait until Rogers hears this!

    Perhaps we will be lucky and Rogers will have an aneurism.

     

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    Baron von Robber, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 2:39pm

    Re: was a good story

    There is no such thing as a cheap shot in regards to Rogers.

    Remember, this is the asshat that literally said that if you don't know your privacy is being invaded, then it's not really being invaded!!!

    How anybody can be so stupid and yet still breath is incomprehensible.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 2:39pm

    Now that we have Snobots soon we'll be hearing about surgical drone strikes taking them out.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 2:44pm

    Re:

    Watch Wizner live safer with this life saver.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 2:44pm

    Of course, now we wonder how Mike Rogers will spin this into more evidence of Snowden being a Russian spy...
    Only dirty commies have things like "empathy" and "caring". A TRUE patriot would've swiped all the money from her purse and dumped her dying body in a nearby alley. That's the American Way. #eagles #MikeRogersFacts #evenmoreeagles

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 2:52pm

    Snowden has a televised debate with Mike Rogers.
    Rogers dies onscreen in a mysterious seizure.

    Coincidence...or a deliberate attack by the NSA's escaped superweapon?

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Jun 11th, 2014 @ 3:06pm

    Re: Re: Russian Mind Probe

    Snowden deploys epilepsy-inducing robots against reporters!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 3:10pm

    Re: Re:

    The 'brutal assault' was the flickering screen.

     

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Jun 11th, 2014 @ 3:51pm

    Attack by the flickering facebot!

    Gah! My granddaughter is epileptic, and though seizures are not as common now that she is in her mid-20's, they still can happen. Kudos to Snowden for saving the life of someone he is not beholden to! Screw Rogers and the rest of his ilk!

     

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    Atkray (profile), Jun 11th, 2014 @ 4:24pm

    Re: Re: was a good story

    Breathing doesn't require thought.

     

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    art guerrilla (profile), Jun 11th, 2014 @ 4:25pm

    i'm telling you...

    ...next election, i'm going to write-in Edward Snowden on EVERY ballot position available, from dog-catcher to senator...
    AND it will be the proudest ballot i ever submitted...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 4:55pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Damn, not again!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 6:19pm

    Re: Re: Russian Mind Probe

    "The linked article says he knew what caused it. It was triggered by the flickering screen."

    Yes, that how the Russian mind probe works!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 6:36pm

    What this questionable Government needs is a nation wide Snowden Write-in campaign next election. Wanna bet he wins?

    Also, acquire a few hundred of the talkbots and place them in the NSA and GCHQ offices, with an image of Snowden telling them they're BAAAAAAAD boys - endlessly.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 7:38pm

    assault

    Flicker of around 10 Hz - 30 Hz has been known for years to trigger seizures in epileptics. I had a student go into a seizure during a video.

     

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    Whatever, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 8:51pm

    coming up: water walking

    This guy is like god. He knows what is best for the world, he knows exactly what information will and will not cause harm, and he can even save people by remote control.

    Water walking is coming up next!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 9:10pm

    Re: Re: Re: was a good story

    And yet, now you're breathing manually...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 10:01pm

    Re: coming up: water walking

    But first, your regularly scheduled attempt by Whatever to shit on everything.

     

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    Michael, Jun 12th, 2014 @ 5:03am

    NSA software hack causes flickering screens in an attempt to kill reporter!

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Jun 12th, 2014 @ 9:53am

    Re: coming up: water walking

    Glad to see you've come around, even if you did let that pendulum swing a bit too far!

     

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    Lanet, Jun 12th, 2014 @ 6:50pm

    Read!! "The Matrix Deciphered" to see how to induce fainting..

    Hi. I don't doubt that the event happened. I believe that it was scripted. In fact, Snowd'Em is scripted.

    His voice...is it truly his voice out of the robot, or is it electronically modified?

    Read Dr. Robert Duncan's books.

    Or, just go back to watching your Hollyood-DoD movies. Life is more pleasant via Hollywood.

     

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    Lanet, Jun 12th, 2014 @ 6:56pm

    Snowden is a CIA info spigot

    Anything to distract from the real RADAR, microwave, terahertz... -based weapons in use! Yeah, flickering... right! While it is true that flickering might cause brain entrainment, so can shooting someone with US military "secret" weapons that have been refined since the Second World War, used by Russians, and perfected by experimentation on US citizens since the 60s.

    So, this story is a way to distract people from that story, the weapons story. They are using their "Snowden" as vehicle to distract.

    Gosh, makes you just want to cry for him. Now he has a medical problem...a real tear jerker. So "vulnerable" as a disabled person... and still so very useful... at present as the CIA's info-spigot ...until he is exposed.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 12th, 2014 @ 9:06pm

    There should be a Snowdenbot in every household. For safety and security reasons.

     

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