Small Snowden Item: Not Rooting for US Soccer Team?

December 6, 2022

I think the answer to the question, “Is Edward Snowden rooting for the US soccer team?” is no. I read “Edward Snowden Swears Allegiance to Russia and Receives Passport, Lawyer Says”. [Note: In the spirit of capitalism, you will have to pay to view the original story.] The Bezos affiliated real news outfit said:

It’s unclear whether Snowden swore the oath of allegiance at the same time as he was granted a passport, but the two are common procedures when foreigners become Russian citizens. The text includes swearing “to protect the freedom and independence of the Russian Federation, to be loyal to Russia, to respect its culture, history and traditions,” and to promise to “perform the duties of a citizen of the Russian Federation for the good of the state and society.” Kucherena [The estimable Mr. Snowden’s legal eagle] added that Snowden’s wife, Lindsay Mills, was also undergoing the Russian citizenship application process and that the couple’s children would likely attend Russian schools, when ready.

Interesting. I assume information will surface about the forthcoming Russian film “Dinner with Vlad” starring the bold, brave bag man Mr. Snowden and the somewhat weighty Mr. Segal. The plot is, as I understand it, Vlad asks his guests about Russia’s most appealing aspect. Mr. Snowden says, “It’s the great Internet connections”, and Mr. Seagal says, “It the food.” The three stars drink Russian vodka and engage in an arm wrestling competition. Vlad wins and the three drooks head to a cover band featuring Pussy Riot tunes. Mr. Snowden and Mr. Seagal give inspired lectures during the band’s break. Males in the audience are enlisted. Females? Well, fade to black.

Stephen E Arnold, December 6, 2022

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