June 12, 2013

Edward Snowden (Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/The Guardian Newspaper)

Of all the details on Edward Snowden packed into the Guardian’s astonishing June 9 profile, one in particular raised the skepticism of the Erik Wemple Blog:

Despite his determination to be publicly unveiled, he repeatedly insisted that he wants to avoid the media spotlight. “I don’t want public attention because I don’t want the story to be about me. I want it to be about what the US government is doing.”

This attention avoider is now surfacing as the focus of an “EXCLUSIVE” in the South China Morning Post. And his marquee quote suggests he is carefully watching his media coverage: “I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American,” Snowden tells South China Morning Post reporter Lana Lam.

More evidence that he’s attuned to the Snowden-related buzz of the day: “People who think I made a mistake in picking HK as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality.”

Another possibility: He wants not just media attention, but also a voice in the debate:

 

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.