Imagine that you’re reading an 80‘s spy thriller which has all of the necessary components to make it interesting — politics, secrets, espionage, and a man on the run through several countries. There isn’t a love scene, but for all of its action, you can get over that. If only you could see it in the movies!
There’s just one problem: Instead of working for a Western country to foil a Soviet plot, the main character has leaked classified US government information revealing massive abuses of citizens' privacy as he flees first to China and then to Russia while receiving support from Cuba.
If that sounds backwards, it kind of is — but it's also the real life story of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
As might be expected, the Snowden saga is accruing extensive, unpleasant attention to the Obama Administration on the international level. As President Obama travels around the world to get away from the scandals that bogged him down in Washington, he is being greeted by a not-too-happy crowd.
In Berlin, while delivering a poetic speech to a crowd of 4,500 people, protesters gathered to denounce the president, NSA spying, and the hunt for Snowden. In Senegal, he was greeted with similar controversy, although protesters were more motivated on the gay marriage issue. Finally, just yesterday, protesters in South Africa prevented the president from meeting with Nelson Mandela, who is hospitalized in critical condition, saying that they were "disappointed" in the president.