Martin Edwin Andersen – Writer. Historian. Strategic Communications Specialist

Human Rights Portal, Martin Edwin Andersen, Strategic Communications Specialist.

Protected in Vladimir Putin’s human rights gulag, Edward Snowden is a leaker who promotes himself as a champion of national security whistleblowing.

 

During the Harlem Renaissance, the poet Claude McKay sought to spread the good word about how those “abused, outraged and … fighting against terror” must not falter in their demand for redress of grievances.

Almost a century later it is hard to think of a better call to action for national security whistleblowers operating from higher ground but faced with the peculiar torment of having to fight against heavily-armed bandits well ensconced in the bureaucratic swamp.

Human Rights info portal - Protected in Vladimir Putin's human rights gulag, Edward Snowden is a leaker who promotes himself as a champion of national security whistleblowing

The path urged by McKay amounts to nothing less than a fight for the common rediscovery of a key part of our national heritage, the right to demand redress of grievances, in these uncertain times.

It was McKay who in his 1940 book, Harlem: Negro Metropolis, wrote of the Soviet Union’s propaganda campaign: “Harlem [in the late 1930s] was overrun with white communists who promoted themselves as the only leader of the Negros. They were converting a few Negros into Bolshevik propagandists, but they were actually doing nothing to help alleviate the social misery of the Negros.”

Protected in Vladimir Putin’s human rights gulag, Edward Snowden is a leaker who promotes himself as a champion of national security whistleblowing.