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Snowden: Kremlin Tool for Reducing U.S. Web Dominance (Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia)

 

"It is worth recalling that when Russia's latest initiative to alter the global regulation of the Internet was presented to the International Telecommunication Union summit in December (the first time the idea of Internet sovereignty was properly aired), it was supported by 89 states, despite being cut down by Western nations. It is interesting, following Snowden's revelations, how many more states support such proposals."

 

By Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan

 

Translated By John Amor

 

August 12, 2013

 

Russia - Yezhednevniy Zhurnal - Original Article (Russian)

President Obama: His talk of NSA reform and suggestion that Edward Snowden is not the cause of canceling his September meeting with Vladimr Putin has met widespread criticism.

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The fact that journalist-dodging Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, after leaving the Sheremetyevo transit zone (according to the official version of the story), evidently means he has nothing more to tell the world. It could hardly have been a coincidence that The Guardian simultaneously published its latest article based on information from Snowden. This time it was the question of the XKeyscore program, which allows NSA employees to remotely monitor almost everything Internet users do online without a court order. Perhaps this was the last of Snowden's revelations. The Kremlin, having used Snowden to full propaganda effect for 39 days, could now calmly announce his arrival on Russian soil in exchange for a promise “not to further harm” the United States. Granting that this is a rather minor deception, from an official point of view, everything looks fairly tidy.

 

Given that Snowden has so meticulously avoided contact with journalists, many assumed that all this time he was under FSB surveillance, which limited his activities. The circumstances of his meeting with human rights activists at Sheremetyevo two weeks ago appear to bare this out. They were brought in and taken away by anonymous people as if this wasn't Moscow in 2013, but the mountains of Chechnya in the very thick of the Second Chechen War, with Snowden not a dissident but a field commander.

 

Judging by a statement on the WikiLeaks Web site, Snowden left the airport via a "secret" route - under the pretext of ensuring his safety, although there are no publicly known instances of the American intelligence services carrying out abductions or liquidations on Russian soil. Obviously, keeping Snowden hidden away will add weight to the arguments of those who believe that the American is now, and will continue to be, under the strict control of the Russian special services. It is strange, all things considered, that this doesn't seem to concern Russian authorities.

 

That said, there are grounds for believing that the Kremlin is counting on Snowden for more gains in its geopolitical game to alter regulation of the Internet, which is understood to mean the struggle to reduce U.S. influence over the global network. The day the American was granted asylum in Russia, Kommersant reported that Vladimir Putin signed off on the Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation in the Field of International Information Security Up to 2020. Among the threats listed in the document is “interference in the internal affairs of states." To justify the appearance of this item in the document, no better illustration can be found than the material provided by Snowden.

 

Apart from this, Snowden's disclosures are being put to the utmost use on the home front to attack the positions of global services in Runet [Russian cyberspace]. That is precisely what Senator Ruslan Gattarov's initiative for protecting the personal data of Russians from interception by foreign intelligence services is all about, along with proposals on digital sovereignty by Duma Vice Speaker Sergei Zheleznyaka. New legislation is already being promised for autumn. The pressure on Google and Facebook has already begun - the Prosecutor General's Office has been asked to examine whether the companies are in violation of our laws.

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These initiatives have been around for a while, as have doubts about the independence of Snowden's decision-making since he landed in Moscow. It doesn't appear, however, that this is unduly jangling anyone's nerves: Snowden's stay in Russia has raised no questions from the team at WikiLeaks, Snowden's closest allies, or the many activists who believe that in order to battle the scourge of the U.S. global intelligence surveillance, compromises had to be made with a state, the dubious Internet initiatives of which have, up to now, threatened only its own citizens. Perhaps this also explains the behavior of the Kremlin - all interested parties are very rigidly divided into supporters and opponents of Snowden, and the statements by Snowden attorney Anatoly Kucheren have done nothing to change that.

 

At the same time, it's worth recalling that Russia's latest initiative to alter the global regulation of the Internet, when presented to the International Telecommunication Union summit in December (the first time the idea of Internet sovereignty was properly aired), it was supported by 89 states, despite being cut down by Western nations. It is interesting, following Snowden's revelations, how many more states support such proposals. Russia has already found its first convert. Last week, Brazil Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo, commenting on the scandal surround U.S. cyber-espionage, stated that local Internet service providers could in future be required to store data on servers within the country, ensuring they are available in case “it is required by Brazilian justice.” The minister said that local control over data was a "matter of national sovereignty."

 

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Posted By Worldmeets.US Aug. 11, 2013, 10:19pm