I have not seen the Professor since last September. I used to see him at the meetings of the FSSS (Former Spooks Secret Society). He was well known as the one time the head of CAFFops (Contrarian And False Flag Operations) of an UG (Unnamed Government). I received an urgent message from him that he needed to see me. Incidentally, Esac Tun is not his real name. He had changed names so often during his long career that he has completely forgotten his real name.
I found him sipping his usual Evian, citrus vodka, crème de fraises and lemon juice drink and he became quite agitated when he saw me. His white beard got longer, but his eyebrows were still dark.
“I am glad you came by because I have a top secret analysis for you.” After I promised that I would not tell anyone about what he would tell me, and crossed my heart, he continued quite animated:
“Do you remember that I predicted when you saw me last time, that Obama will not interfere in Syria, even as he declared that he drew a line for Assad not to cross? “
“Professor Tun, you are still amazing. You must still have some valuable assets planted in the right places.”
“Thank you for the compliment, but what I am about to tell you has far major consequences compared to Syria. It’s about Putin.”
“Great, I was about to ask you about him?”
“You know, he looks a great deal like Rasputin, but without the beard. Ukraine is not the big issue. What you should know is why Putin ignores Obama and the rest of the EU leadership.”
“Does he think they are weak amateurs?”
“No, that by itself would not let him make bold moves. The secret word is: Snowden.”
“Why Snowden is a great hero. He exposed the evils of government spying on its own citizens.”
The professor laughed and started waiving his arms.
” What if I told you that only a fraction of the documents he stole were about domestic spying? Even General Dempsey had to admit that he stole massive amount of documents about military operations, tactics, techniques and procedures.”
“I didn’t know about that.”
The professor was just getting warmed up.
“He downloaded our cyber operations and capacities against Russia and China. He got the list of all computers and secret installations that we penetrated. He stole 1.7 million documents of which only one, the Court order to Verizon to turn over phone records, involved domestic spying.”
“Are you saying that the whistleblower cover was for him to get away with plain espionage?”
The professor smiled benignly.
“Good. You seem to still have a touch of a good spook in you. Why do you think he stopped in Hong Kong and Moscow? He had the goods for them.”
“But he is such a hero in the eyes of many.”
The professor chuckled.
“You should understand why. He is a hero based on what he has told the papers and his followers, that include mostly people who despise the government for its illegal intrusion into their lives and other good reasons.”
“But why don’t we hear the rest of the story from the government about the spying?”
“They are trying to hide the damage, but it will not work for long. Putin will make sure of that.”
“How does Putin fit into all this?”
“He now knows everything about us. Our strengths, our weaknesses. Believe me there are far more weaknesses than the public is aware of. He knows what he can get away with without any fear of consequences. So do the Chinese. Have you seen them ram Vietnamese boats, fly over Japanese territory, openly take over the sea-lanes and drill for oil? The worst is yet to come. Putin and the Chinese just started.”
“Professor, you cannot blame all this on Snowden. He is not even indicted by a grand jury for any crime that he may have committed.”
“This is the best part. All of it is highly classified and those who know cannot and will not talk about it, or admit the size of the damage. This was the largest successful espionage action against this country in more than 50 years. It is so damaging and so sensitive that only a grand jury with top secret clearance could hear the case.”
Just then an attendant walked in with his medications.
“Mr. Tun it is time for your meds. I noticed you were again a naughty boy and did not take your noon meds. You know how agitated you get when you don’t take them?” With that I was told to leave before I had time to ask him how the collapse of our foreign policy would impact our lives. Perhaps on my next visit.