As the world waits for Edward Snowden to emerge from his hideout at a Russian airport like some international fugitive version of Punxsutawney Phil, some celebrities are taking to Twitter and elsewhere to voice their support for the secrets leaker.
For those who aren’t following this thriller, it rivals anything at the box office this summer: The former NSA contractor is holed up in the international transit zone in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport waiting for a country such as Ecuador to grant him asylum. Russian President Vladimir Putin is defying the White House’s demand to return Snowden to the United States, saying his government has no legal dispute with him. Meanwhile a plane of journalists were tricked into flying off to Cuba in expectation of meeting the illusive leaker. The events have drawn comparisons to Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, but the story seems destined to eventually produce a Hollywood film all its own (here’s our poll on who should play Snowden).
Snowden’s actions have drawn condemnation and support from both ends of the political spectrum. But from what’s been posted online so far, celebrities seem to lean more toward Snowden’s side.
Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello called Snowden a “hero” to TMZ and offered to pay for Snowden’s escape flight. “He exposed the crimes of the government,” he said. “That we’re all being spied on all the time by the Obama administration? If anybody deserves to be in jail … it’s not Snowden.” And he tweeted:
The Avengers star Mark Ruffalo:
If you hate what Snowden has done…“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.”
― George Orwell—
Mark Ruffalo (@Mruff221) June 24, 2013
Actor John Cusack has posted many, many tweets on this subject, including:
Reality star Adrianne Curry retweeted the message “let the people know they’re being spied on by their own govt and you’re enemy #1. Washington’s actions are indefensible” and directly tweeted this:
Comedian/actor Patton Oswalt retweeted a comment about NBC News reporter David Gregory’s asking the The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald if he should be charged with a crime for writing about Snowden’s leaked material, then added:
When I watch David Gregory interview anyone it makes me miss Oriana Fallaci so much my skull hurts.—
Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 23, 2013
Former ballplayer Jose Canseco tweeted several “hugs” to everyone “who has blown the whistle for the people,” including:
hug for snowden—
Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) June 13, 2013
Anchorman 2 director Adam McKay had a couple of tweets on the subject, including:
Voting rights shredded, journalists & privacy under attack, banks and corps own the gov. US is shuddering like a Chevette on the Autobahn.—
Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) June 25, 2013
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For actress Rosario Dawson:
#Whistleblowerortraitor? @SenSanders Let's not get distracted. The real issue is not Snowden, it is what he revealed. nationaljournal.com/politics/why-i…—
Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) June 12, 2013
From musician Yoko Ono:
And musician Billy Bragg:
Other celebrities just joked about the situation.
From Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston:
How is the American government supposed to get Russia to give up Edward Snowden when Putin won't even give up a Super Bowl ring?—
Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) June 25, 2013
Author William Gibson:
Snowden *living* in the Transit Zone of Moscow airport is J.G. Ballard fan fiction that literally writes itself. Even his name's Ballardian—
William Gibson (@GreatDismal) June 25, 2013
SNL‘s Seth Meyers:
From comedian Mo Rocca:
Edward Snowden: from Hong Kong to Moscow to Cuba to Ecuador. If that weasel gets to keep all the miles then I'll really be pissed—
Mo Rocca (@MoRocca) June 24, 2013
In-character Stephen Colbert:
Edward Snowden, if you're reading this tweet, turn yourself in. NSA, if you're reading it, hi!!!!—
Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 25, 2013
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