Thursday, August 8, 2013

Place Your Bets: Team Snowden vs. Team America

On Wednesday, Congressman and civil rights pioneer John Lewis became the latest public figure to throw his weight behind NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, adding one more player to Team Snowden in the public opinion sideshow surrounding his story. As the list of opinions on the man behind the leaks grows — the supporters, detractors, and the neutral waiters — The Atlantic Wire began to wonder what the teams look like now. 

Turns out, there's enough for a soccer match. Meet your competitors:


Rep. John Lewis, civil rights hero
In an interview with the Guardian, Lewis said,  "In keeping with the philosophy and the discipline of non-violence, in keeping with the teaching of Henry David Thoreau and people like Gandhi and others, if you believe something that is not right, something is unjust, and you are willing to defy customs, traditions, bad laws, then you have a conscience. You have a right to defy those laws and be willing to pay the price. That is what we did." 

Anna Chapman, sexy Russian spy
Anna Chapman prompted a bit of international fan fiction after Snowden's flight to Moscow with the following tweet:
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