Edward Snowden: Comic Books and Video Games Inspired, Motivated Whistleblowing

The Advocate’s interview with Glenn Greenwald reveals a lot about the lawyer-turned journalist who broke the Edward Snowden NSA leaks. And in it, Greenwald explains that during a his lengthy interview with Snowden in Hong Kong he learned what inspired and motivated the twenty-something security expert to blow the whistle on the NSA’s surveillance programs:

It wasn’t Hegelian theories on power structures or Ron Paul rhetoric about privacy; it wasn’t Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals (Greenwald’s greatest influence) or Jeffersonian notions of government. It was comic books and video  games. “You have good guys who are forced to do difficult but good things,” Snowden said to Greenwald, a bit embarrassed.

Greenwald goes into more, explaining how his husband, David Miranda, opened his eyes to pop culture.

“It’s not a simplistic ideology. David is one of the most complex, intellectually curious, and sophisticated people I’ve ever met, and he’s the one who convinced me that being influenced by the moral dynamics of a comic book or video game is no less noble than being shaped by a novel or a book,” Greenwald reasons. “You can watch The Matrix and take it as an action movie, or you can delve into all its greater existentialist meanings. All of the narratives in these comic books are about these single individuals devoted to justice who have the willingness to be brave, who can defeat even the most powerful edifices of evil.”

Exactly. Comic books, video games, movies, and yes, even TV shows can influence, shape, and mold character and morals. Unfortunately, we don’t know which comic books and video games  affected Snowden. Greenwald didn’t ask!

Paging Dr. Wertham!


“Someone” Leaked Lots of Good Hollywood Stuff: Celeb Phone Numbers, Photos, “Rock of Ages” Script

Someone/s  with a Twitter account @HWLeaks and using the Anonymous motto

We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect Us

has leaked a heap load of  stuff  onto various sites, servers and pastebins. The booty includes the script for Rock of Ages starring Tom Cruise

Not as good as the play

sniffed a source who had downloaded the script from one site.

Also leaked, names and numbers of agents, celebs and more. But get ‘em while they’re hot. As one #HWLeaks follower tweeted:

@HWLeaks we need more # leaks. Old #s are dropping quick. Needing the lulz!

Celebrities whose phone numbers have been posted include Ashley Tisdale and David Spade, who have stopped answering their phone and/or changed their numbers quickly.

UPDATE: Keep in mind that Anonymous is an idea, a self-described label. Anyone can do an action and bring back the spoils of hacking under the flag/handle Anonymous. The Anonymous responsible for #OpBART is/are not necessarily composed of the same people who pulled off #OpPayback and/or Chanology.

With enough tinfoil it  is possible to speculate that  @HWLeaks is a false flag designed to discredit the work of some Anonymous in #OpBART and other areas. One video posted on YouTube with an HWLeak tag used the phrase

Jew-controlled media

something incongruous with the WikiLeaks/Chanology/OpBART rhetoric. The voices and graphics on the @HWLeaks videos do not correspond with other Anonymous videos, but then again, anyone can be Anonymous.

However, it is illegal to creepy-crawl into someone’s computer or phone, and to post copyrighted material on line.