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Netanyahu looks to leverage Snowden scandal to secure Pollard's release

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has two cards to play when lobbying for Jonathan Pollard's release: the US espionage scandal and the expected third phase of the Palestinian prisoner release.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks past posters calling for U.S. President Barack Obama to free Jonathan Pollard from a U.S. prison, in Jerusalem March 20, 2013. Obama arrives in Israel on Wednesday without any new peace initiative to offer disillusioned Palestinians and facing deep Israeli doubts over his pledge to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, has been serving a life sentence in the United States since he was caught spying for Israel in the 1980s. REUTERS/
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Edward Snowden, the American who leaked sensitive information, pats himself on the back. “The mission’s already accomplished,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post. Snowden emphasized that he has no agreement with the Russian government and his only loyalties lay with his homeland, the United States, and that he even “continues to work for the NSA [National Security Agency]” — only they don't know about it.

Snowden speaks his own truth. In affairs of this type, truth is a relative term. There is no black and white here. The Snowden affair is another twist in the world war that has been waged in the last decade. It is not a classic world war with millions of casualties, continents on fire and evil empires collapsing. The current war is between the old order and the new era; between the technological revolution that is taking control of the world at a murderous pace and those people who led the world until recently (the elected leaders of the super powers).

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