July 9, 2013

Playing Chess with a Radioactive Pawn: Edward Snowden

Imagine you’re playing chess and one of your pawns is infected with some form of radiation. Each piece in its vicinity and any piece that defeats it becomes infected as well. What options do you have? What would you do? How can you limit its damage while still maintaining an overall defensive or offensive strategy? How would your initial strategy change with the introduction of this radioactive pawn?

This is the game of chess that is being played between the United States and Russia. Edward Snowden is that radioactive pawn (henceforth, he will be known as the superhero/villain RadioPawn).


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is a former Army Special Forces soldier who spent time at 1st Special Forces Group and 20th Special Forces Group between 2004 and 2008. He currently works with the Green Beret Foundation, a non-profit charity focused on supporting wounded and killed Special Forces soldiers and their families. Blake is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in general studies... you know, just to get it over with. Twitter: @bmiles84

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  • Raymond (wx5aaa)

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f93_1390833151

  • MichaelKinyobi

    I see it in a different way, it's not about radiation, but about information. Never forget that we live in an information based world. Wikileaks or Snowden or whoever uses such techniques operates like both a trojan and ddos attack. As a ddos attack it ovreloads all systems with both useless and useful information. As a trojan it can extract small pieces of info. Never forget that there are people who also feed this operation with info, because they feel like rebels versus the "New World Order" and people who feed it with info, without realising it. Behind this operation there are people who seek manipulation for political and strategic reasons. When someone will deem that this way of info exploitation cannot be used anymore, they will throw it away. The problem is who is going to peek the thrown away toy and how it can affect a system later on. Will there be a good firewall or antivirus or should there be no connection?

  • Ed Durham

    I have been considering this case for a while now, and think I may have stumbled onto a stratigic error the US G'ovt made.  Maybe we should have loosend the kill chain. Maybe we should have let him keep his passport, travel to some lefttist southamerican country and move into his beach house. Then send in a SEAL team to swim in from the sea and wrapped his traitor a&& up and bring him back to US soil before said southamerican country even knows he's gone. :) How's that for check mate?

  • Schmitti

    You know what.... I'm beginning to think this guy is The Red Herring of all Red Herrings. Seriously.. you have all this awesome info.. spill it. Pics or Shenanigans! It's not like we are going to pocket nuke his ass. Of course we might just do it on general principle because he's boring us to tears. And then this most recent revelation by the asshole that initially interviewed him... Since when did this particular reporter that scooped the story become such a security expert that he can make these bold statements. STFU! http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/15/glenn-greenwald-snowden-has-blueprints-nsa-surveil/

  • JRGSI

    That is an awesome piece man. I like the abstract thinking for that flowing metaphor. If only more people were creative enough to write like that about actual issues. It is probs similar to how I think, that's why I like it. Ta dude, keep it up.(Y0