Nothing is as it seems and sometimes we want to be fooled because we feel better this way.
He said himself that he was trained as a spy and in the training of a spy (enough books online) you will see that diversion, camouflage, longtime sleeping and preparation and so on are normal techniques
It is also true that human spies must be trained to be able to think as different personalities and must know to manipulate other without any regrets and double or tripleplay if this is necessary to survive
First the Diversion
The real deal is NOT about the 200.000 tier1 and tier2 documents that Snowden has stolen and that he has handed over to the journalists who like bulls on a red flag went into overdrive and started publishing and are only recently starting to doublecheck and rethink certain publications of certain documents. If you know there are 200.000 documents than you know that there are thousands of new publications that are awaiting us - even if they start interesting us and the media less and less only because our international environment with ISIS and Putin and other nuts reminds us why we have given the NSA those enormous rights and resources in the first place.
But if it was a diversion we all fell into the trap.
Snowden also stole 1.2 million Tier3 documents from 24 seperate servers for which he got passwords from his co-workers because he said he needed it to do some work or check some things even if normally he didn't have the clearance to see those documents. (how in a spy-organisation like the NSA nobody saw that somebody was collecting 1.2 million documents is just amazing because that could have been easily monitored) - maybe they need an internal NSA to spy permanently on the people working for and with and in the NSA.
Those documents are NOT in the hands of the American journalists of which even Greenwald said that he wouldn't publish them (which Snowden ecpected probably). Some documents are lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked in four adversary nations — Russia, China, North Korea and Iran and this is something that for example the American journalists which received only 200.000 documents. They give a total and detailed view of the US cyberoperations and capabilities which is the reason why they were so secret. Now it is easier to understand what the NSA means when it says that the advantage of the Snowden leaks is that they have to start all over again and that so they can start with new technologies and better protections and so on.
And there is something strange about these documents
The only parts of these documents that were published were published by a newspaper in HongKong while he was trying to hide himself in a Hotel there. He has shown them which Chinese computers or networks were compromised by the NSA. And these Tier3 documents were
"The documents listed operational details of specific attacks on computers, including internet protocol (IP) addresses, dates of attacks and whether a computer was still being monitored remotely.
The Sunday Morning Post can now reveal Snowden's claims that the NSA is:
but in the international intelligence community any chinese journalist working for an official chinese newspaper meeting an spy with thousands or millions of documents will in any case at the least have been briefed and debriefed by the the Chinese Intelligence Community. The fact that China is now investing billions in changing totally its infrastructure and even creating its own Operating System for computers shows that Snowden has been a real Wake-up call and that the documents with the IP addresses of the NSA operations in China have silenced any doubter.
One should also remember that the US at that moment asked Hong-Kong and China for the arrest of Snowden as a spy and that in that ultra controlled environment he got away to Russia - where he is now Under control of a Handler who is directly linked to the FSB (KGB) and plays propaganda puppet for Putin in his Tv-show.
But while we are from time to time diverted from the search for the real important documents by the leaks and his interviews in which he leaks some new stuff every time - he pulls up every time a new smokescreen about what he did with those documents while giving no proof at all that this has really happened. He says that he gave them to journalists and than that he has destroyed them.
Even the fact that new documents are now appearing through people linked to wikileaks may be just a smokescreen. I am not fantasizing. This is all normal standard spystuff since hundreds of years. Remember all those rumours about a second or third NSA leaker ? Maybe that is also just a smokescreen. Those documents in fact could be part of the Tiers3 set of documents (which would mean that they were NOT destroyed or that someone has made a copy before Snowden destroyed it (one trick is to walk out of the room with your computer open and coming back after your smoke asking nothing).
Second part the spy stuff
Just to say that what the NSA did in democratic countries like ours is totally wrong and that should be changed. There is no reason to justify that kind of intrusion in a democratic country that poses no military or any other threat to the US.
Even if Snowden is not a spy working for somebody else from the beginning but just a guy who used spytechniques to collect as much information as possible he has used illegal spytechniques to get at the data (asking passwords at collègues), he has thought through his career to get as much confidential documents as possible
What is puzzling the analysts is why he only took the operational information that was useful for China and Russia (and their proteges North Korea and Iran).
"In January, Snowden reached out to a documentary filmmaker and journalist, Laura Poitras, and they began to correspond. In mid-February, he sent an email to Greenwald, who lives in Brazil, suggesting he might want to set up a method for receiving and sending encrypted emails. He even made a YouTube video for Greenwald, to take him step-by-step through the process of encryption. Greenwald did not know the identity of the person offering the leaks and was unsure if they were genuine. He took no action. In March, in New York, he received a call from Poitras, who convinced him that he needed to take this more seriously.
"In mid-May, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras contacted me," Appelbaum said. "She told me she was in contact with a possible anonymous National Security Agency (NSA) source who had agreed to be interviewed by her.""She was in the process of putting questions together and thought that asking some specific technical questions was an important part of the source verification process. One of the goals was to determine whether we were really dealing with an NSA whistleblower. I had deep concerns of COINTELPRO-style entrapment. We sent our securely encrypted questions to our source. I had no knowledge of Edward Snowden's identity before he was revealed to the world in Hong Kong. He also didn't know who I was. I expected that when the anonymity was removed, we would find a man in his sixties." http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-with-whistleblower-edward-snowden-on-global-spying-a-910006.html
You also have to remember that the Wikileaks circle is nowadays linked to the Russian FSB operations.
Before his arrival in Hong Kong he had contacts with a carer who took care of him when he arrived there (20th of May) in local safe houses though his arrival at the Mirada hotel the 10th of June (paid for by Wikileaks). The carer made also sure that he had some lawyers who are bound to secrecy from the moment he arrived in Hongkong. Remember Hongkong is Under Chinese rule and has no independent intelligence service to speak off. Another thing is that before you arrive at a place where somebody has already made some expenses to find some safehouses, clear official entry and security and get some lawyers you will have to have proven that you have material that will convince them that you are the real thing and that you are Worth every penny of it. So between the momen the was collecting the very secet specific stuff about China and Russia he was also in Contact with some-one in Hong Kong to prepare for his safe passage. That person could not have been a westerner because even if you would have serious doubts about the NSA you would at the least be very careful about what kind of information would be leaked and the kind of stuff he was taking with him and giving to the Chinese was exactly the kind of stuff you didn't want them to have.
Again well-connected lawyers in HongKong are well connected to the authorities and those Chinese authorities are well connected to the intelligence and security services (who will have gone through a moment of total nervous breakdown when seeing the information in the secret documents not knowing where to start first and trying to think about everything that was intercepted although that was easy, it was nearly everything).
So his flight to Hong Kong was not something desperate but a well planned, financed and organised trip with a certain investment, a certain proof of worthiness and a plannig for the things that would happen afterwards. It was not the cowboy with the white hat fleeing for his prosecutors and the bandits trying to save the world.
Well if you know that in Hong Kong he went several times to the Russian Consulate (he was than still in possession of the Tier3 documents because he was showing them to the Chinese journalist). Nothing is known about what happened there. And if you link this to his escape in which Assagen from Wikileaks (working for Russia Today meanwhile) gives him an unsigned letter to fly to Ecuador through Moscow. Assange was and is still living in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. Any lawyer or person right in his mind would know that an unsigned document has no value. So if he was trapped or tricked or if he just played the role of the innocent trapped guy is not for me to say but he went along in the plot.
So he ended up in Moscow where is now surrounded by FSB people and the Wikileaks group which nowadays can't proof that it has become anything more than an anti-western operation since it hasn't published not one document from Russia that divulges something secret or shocking. Many of its prime collaborators work now in Russia, for Russia or have links to Russia. It is also interesting to know that since the arrest of Assange there is still an enormous trove of unpublished documents in Wikileaks of which nobody knows what happened to it or who has access to it. (that makes two sets of unknown documents which becomes a pattern not ?)
So what if
what if snowden is a spy working for himself and using the 1.5 million MISSING documents to protect himself and his future while having a permanent media campaign with many smokescreens and diversions which have to hide the fact that apart from the set of documents about the programs in the US and Europe he still has somewhere 1.5 million documents he or his connections can use if necessary.
and what would be his goal
the goal of any man
go in history as a hero
wouldn't you lie for that ?