Before Edward Snowden and Julian Assange there lived the godfather of whistleblowers, Phillip Agee, Ex-CIA. Phil named names, exposed CIA agents and brought down whole agency operations back when he published his book “Inside the Company” in 1975.
The difference with back then and todays whistleblowers is that Phil Agee actually exposed CIA undercover agents, some of whom, being involved in covert wars, were killed as a result, something Snowden and Assange differ with Agee over.
From a 3rd World perspective Phil Agee did us a lot of good by helping us kick the criminals working for the CIA out of our countries. The undercover agents who were killed were not the good guys Hollywood would have you believe. Kidnapping, torture, dissapearences and assasinations is what the CIA does, or oversees..
If you are a political activist in the 3rd World you want to know your enemy so you can protect yourself from these criminals secretly draped in the red, white and blue of Yanqui Imperialism.
Here is Africa we have learned from bitter experience that the CIA’s prefered fronts are aid workers, journalists and clergy. Now if Snowden or Assange would publish the names of the clergy, journalists
and aid workers working for the CIA, then maybe we could prevent them from committing their malicious crimes of espionage, you know, save lives and protect our loved ones and fellow country men and women?
If people living in the western countries were shocked by Snowdens expose then they were pretty naive. J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI never respected anyones privacy, least of all the President of the USA. And
if you were deemed a threat, like over 200 Black Panthers and American Indian activists, no compunctions about gunning you down..
Exposure of US government spying doesnt really help us here in the 3rd World because we are being kidnapped, tortured, dissapeared and assasinated. Spying on our mobile phones is quite a way’s down on the list of our worries.
Hopefully the next generation of whistleblowers will remember Phillip Agee and not just expose crimes but actively prevent any future damage by naming names, exposing agents and destroying operations of the international criminal cartel known as the CIA.
Thomas C. Mountain is an independent journalist in Eritrea, living and reporting from here since 2006. His speeches, interviews and articles can be seen on Facebook at thomascmountain and he can best be reached at thomascmountain at g mail dot com