Edward Snowden Is Almost Broke

Famed NSA leaker has run through his savings

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NSA leaker Edward Snowden has burned through his savings and is almost out of money, according to his lawyer.

“The savings he had, he has almost entirely spent on food, rent, security and so on,” Anatoly Kucherena told the Russian newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta in an interview published on Tuesday, UPI reports.

Snowden, the former NSA contractor, has depended on financial assistance from “some organizations and enterprising citizens” Kucherena said.

The American fugitive, who revealed troves of classified information as he fled the country in May and is now living under temporary asylum in Russia, reportedly started at a job at an unnamed Russian website earlier this month.

[UPI]

105 comments
Marwaha
Marwaha

He is welcome in India. He can stay in Goa.

QuincyTKatz
QuincyTKatz

With his skill set and history of being a loyal employee, he should rise through the ranks of his new workplace. Luckily hes not gay!

Informed_Dissent
Informed_Dissent

If he hasn't already thought of it, he needs to write a memoir and give his life story, concentrating on what he did and why. Instant NYT # 1 bestseller = big $. I would buy it. Where personal privacy and (once-upon-a-time) Constitutional protection against illegal search and seizure are concerned, he stands alone. We know we can't believe most of Congress, the President, the NSA, or the secret courts that give rubber-stamp approvals to illegal and unethical snooping on Americans without probable cause. 

TeXan111
TeXan111

Is there still the death penalty for traitors in the USA?

BugMenot
BugMenot

If it wasn't for Edward Snowden, we would not know that the U.S.  government had set up a secret court system to get around the Fourth Amendment. It rubber stamps a warrant authorizing surveillance on every American -- without probable cause. That abuse of power could very well serve as the foundation of a police state.

fatmanwalking
fatmanwalking

I can't believe Eddie pissed through all of his rubles.  What's wrong Eddie,  Vlad not floating any your way?  You probably should have sold out to china, you could have lived better on the yuan.  Wikidicks where are you?


@JohnBond   Send your money to wikicash via russia, someone there will get it to him.  

wikileaks   Eddie is out of rubles.




JohnBond
JohnBond

The USA needs MANY more people like Edward Snowden. 

It is way past time to go after tin plated dictators, liars and people that ignore our bill of rights.

Snowden is the first step. He shined the light on these scumbags. Now, it is up to all that love freedom to go after these anti-freedom people and exterminate them.

All those on this board that are against Snowden should be hunted down and dealt with.

JohnBond
JohnBond

how can I contribute money to Edward Snowden?

ashesjaj
ashesjaj

Snowden is a TRAITOR!!!!!!!!!. He should come back to the USA which made his life, his job, his savings account, and even his ability to turn against the best country in the world and have the integrity to face his punishment!  But this poor excuse for an American has no integrity, no sense of duty, no honor, no thankfulness for being lucky enough to be born, live, and work in the US. Stay in Russia, you pathetic pice of garbage, or maybe North Korea, or maybe go to Sudan and help them kill their people.

ChandraPanchabhikesan
ChandraPanchabhikesan

It is hard to sympathize with Edward Snowdon. Spilling U.S. national secrets has certainly brought him into the lime-light  Of course there are a number of countries which are opposed to the UnIted States for all the wrong reasons and would place Snowdon on a pedestal.  His notoriety  will enable him to stay on in Russia for an indefinite period or as long as President Putin remains in power. What a shame.


Pancha Chandra Brussels

Dan1953b
Dan1953b

Who is this guy again? 


Wasn't he like, the CIA's janitor?

Dan1953b
Dan1953b

Does Russia have Food Stamps?

jcq707
jcq707

The Russians want you to send him Money, MONEY that Snowden will NEVER see !!!!

islandertech74
islandertech74

Snowden Fund 19fisVAFi5ZBpJ3bJSWm3N8vztB78wf3UV or 1snowqQP5VmZgU47i5AWwz9fsgHQg94Fa 1 dollar in Russia is like $5 in US. 

uualbertomiller
uualbertomiller

How many Russians would love to storm where Edward Snowden is hiding in and forcibly send him on a one way ticket back to the United States. Yes the majority in Russia don't want Snowden inside their nation. Many Americans like myself would like to see Edward Snowden destroy financially and hope he get killed

simon.time-gmail
simon.time-gmail

Now we will see how Putin treats the down'n'outs of Russia  like poor ole E. Snowden at the moment I wish him better luck and  hope he gets well financially or  let the spy come out of the cold

wdfc
wdfc

Boo Hoo. next he'll try blackmail.


JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

He will write a book and then sell the movie rights. He will make MILLIONS of DOLLARS.

Werner27
Werner27

Who cares if he's out of money, I don't

kthanks
kthanks

In all of this, it is important to remember that Mr. Snowden was trained (and not just occasionally) by his employer in recognizing illegal activity.  He was given the tools to report any activity that he felt strayed beyond the boundaries of acceptable/legal activities, or that he felt uncomfortable performing.  This included the means to report his concerns both within the agency and others to go outside the agency if he was uncomfortable reporting to agency staff.  Mr. Snowden deliberately chose not use those options; choosing instead to go for drama.  That we need to re-think the Patriot Act is beside the point; Mr. Snowden took an oath which he broke in a very public way.  I am sure that he will not struggle financially for too long, as Mr. Snowden possesses skills that the Russians will be only too happy to exploit.  I am certain that he will eventually find happiness and prosperity in Russia; they do not have a history of spying on their citizens . . .

camurgo
camurgo

If he thinks he's safe inside Russia (he does have his dead man switch on and all) I think he should pursue public speaking gigs there. I'm sure a lot of business people and academic organizations would pay him some money to talk (within the possible) about security and current philosophical issues surrounding it. Maybe the presentations could even be remote. I don't know, that's just an idea.

thingsinasia
thingsinasia

if he has a job, how can he be broke?  I won't send him money but may be he can call Mr. Putin to see if he can get his salary bumped a bit?

jimmyjimmyjimmy111
jimmyjimmyjimmy111

May God bless Snowden and protect him. He is a true American patriot. 

NullSheep
NullSheep

As a non american i would glady deposit some money to support him.

World police thinks they can get away with anything.


gwmc7e
gwmc7e

@Informed_Dissentand you think the Obama admin will not have the IRS confiscate his profits? He could sell it overseas but US sales will surely be blocked by the administration.

RayCarioscia
RayCarioscia

@TeXan111 Death penalty my ass, shoot the sucker on sight, right in the stomach and let him die slowly.

Informed_Dissent
Informed_Dissent

@TeXan111 Yes, and James Clapper should get head-of-the-line privileges for it. He lied unblinkingly and without hesitation to Congress about what the NSA collects on every American. He lied under oath to a simple question that a third-grader would understand. That is a traitor.

Informed_Dissent
Informed_Dissent

@BugMenot All true and your (accurately-used term) "police state" mention should send chills through the minds of any American with the ability to think. But too many have been brainwashed since 9/11 to believe the D.C. tripe that "this is necessary for "national security." For added measure these same idiots who lap up this BS are then Pavlov-trained to ask doubters like me, "Aren't you a patriot? Don't you love America? Don't you know about the war on terror?" The real terror now is what our own government is doing to its citizens on a massive scale, without warrants, charges, or probable cause.

ameerjabril
ameerjabril

@JohnBond all i know is any of u red necks think u gonna ovethrow the government of america's first black president and expect us black folk "who overwelmingly support obama" to just let it happen, u got another thing coming.

ashesjaj
ashesjaj

Go to Russia with Snowden. See what they'd do to you if what was done by snowden to the USA  is done to Russia!!!

mar73malone
mar73malone

@Werner27 Nor do I, I hope he rots away in Russia like the other spies who have sought shelter there.

ashesjaj
ashesjaj

As long as their boy snowden doesn't pull this same stunt there. If he does, do you think they'd simply deport him back here?

EstanislaoDeloserrata
EstanislaoDeloserrata

@kthanks The declarations that the NSA itself, and the congressional investigations, have revealed, is that there was (and evidently still is)  no reliable method for people in his [Snowden's ] position to effect any sort of meaningful investigation of unlawful NSA or other intel agency activities.  There are still too many means by which the agencies themselves can conceal and quash effective investigation, revelation, and prosecution of their own dirty laundry.

camurgo
camurgo

@kthanks ironies aside, I imagine that his position is that the only way he could go back to working on Intelligence in any way shape or form would be if America took him back. Other than that I don't think he'll take any job that taints his image and therefore also the meaning of his past deeds.

camurgo
camurgo

While he's at it (public speaking engagements) he could write a book, assuming he would be allowed to collect the earnings from sales or be able to circumvent blockages preventing him from doing so, this could also provide him some income. Debating and talking about these issues with people of opposite viewpoints during public talks would help him develop his arguments further for the book...  Anyways, those are my suggestions at the moment. :-)

ashesjaj
ashesjaj

You should join him, then.

ashesjaj
ashesjaj

Just trying to protect our country from the non Americans who would try to destroy it. Get my meaning?

kthanks
kthanks

@camurgo He has a job now working in IT support for a major Russian site--He is right back in a situation where he can do the same sort of things, but that is now Russia's problem/good fortune.  As for him coming back to "America," I am not sure if Mexico or Canada would want him, but the US will be only too happy to take him back.  I just don't think it will be on terms he finds acceptable.  Pretty sure his security clearance has suffered a set-back and he will be on escort IF he is ever allowed near a government installation again.  That is highly doubtful, unless you include a federal courthouse and/or prison.

KarthikGomadam
KarthikGomadam

@SteveBell of course. You country has no money to send to your own veterans once they come back. Spend more on cheap china goods, peddlers like the Kardashians, fourth rate musicians, consume like there is no tomorrow, be obese, and burden the rest of the world. 

SteveBell
SteveBell

@KarthikGomadam @SteveBell Even if that is so??...What does it have to do with Edward Snowden???

Are you suggesting the the US should be sending him money???

I'm confused??What is your point?