The Choice Of A New Generation
What’s the matter with you?
I go: There’s nothing wrong mom.
And she goes: Don’t tell me that, you’re on drugs!
And I go: No mom I’m not on drugs I’m okay, I was just thinking you know, why don’t you get me a Pepsi.
And she goes: NO you’re on drugs!
I go: Mom I’m okay, I’m just thinking.
She goes: No you’re not thinking, you’re on drugs! Normal people don’t act that way!
I go:Mom just give me a Pepsi, please
All I want is a Pepsi, and she wouldn’t give it to me. All I wanted was a Pepsi, just one Pepsi, and she wouldn’t give it to me.
Just a Pepsi.
– Institutionalized, Suicidal Tendencies
One of Edward Snowden’s attorneys is portraying the NSA leaker as a “kid” who went to Hong Kong without a plan and underestimated the amount of attention he would receive after he revealed himself as the source of the government leaks earlier in the month.
Albert Ho, a partner at a prominent Hong Kong law firm, spoke to the New York Times about how the plans unfolded over the last week for Snowden to leave Hong Kong.
“He’s a kid, I really think he’s a kid, I think he never anticipated this would be such a big matter in Hong Kong,” Ho said in the article published Monday. “He enjoys Pepsi, he prefers Pepsi to wine, that’s why I say he’s a kid.”
According to Ho, Snowden was upset to learn that he may have to spend years in prison during litigation over whether he would be granted asylum in Hong Kong or be sent to the United States. He was particularly scared that he could lose access to his computer.
“He didn’t go out, he spent all his time inside a tiny space, but he said it was O.K. because he had his computer,” Ho said. “If you were to deprive him of his computer, that would be totally intolerable.”
Going offline is the new waterboarding.
I’ll just say that someone who had no idea that bolting to Hong Kong and Russia after stealing four laptops worth of secret government data would likely result in the that government coming after him might not be the best judge of the long term international implications of releasing that data or allowing his temporary host countries access to said data, to say nothing of anything else he could be compelled to tell them should they decide to take him into custody.