In Brief— A fantasy about the political machinations that lead to the capture and trial of whistleblower Edward Snowden. Based on events that have happened and are about to happen, this fantasy has all the elements of the world we live in today.
Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, February 6-23, 2014.
Having captured and killed Osama bin Laden and been embarrassed by the revelations of criminal N.S.A. actions by Edward Snowden, the Obama administration sees the Sochi Winter Olympic Games as a way to capture the whistleblower and turn the embarrassment into success.
A number of Special Operations members are part of the American contingent at the games, purportedly assistants and minor Olympic officials. Should Vladimir Putin reject Obama’s primary plan for capturing Snowden, the Obama administration sees the Special Ops men as a risky but necessary back-up option to the planned primary approach directly to Putin. As a part of this back-up option, U.S. warships are sent to the Black Sea ostensibly to provide aid and evacuation if needed by the Russians.
As insulation from any involvement in the plan, Obama will not attend the games presumably in protest against Russia’s benighted stance regarding lesbian/gay/bi-sexual/transsexual (LGBT) individuals. Given China’s deplorable human rights record and the obvious absence of a boycott, Putin is angered by this western snub on what he believes to be lesser grounds.
The Obama administration puts its primary plan into motion. To soften Putin’s opposition to the United States, the administration publicly offers security equipment to Russia for the protection of athletes and spectators during the games. Though he would like the offered assistance because of the technology involved, the ever-suspicious Putin wants to know what the quid pro quo is. Privately, Obama reveals to Putin that he wants Snowden who has been given asylum in Russia. Obama tells Putin that all he has to do is pressure Snowden to accept asylum in Brazil and make the offer to have Snowden flown there.
The offered deal is that the U.S. would intercept the plane once it leaves Russian air space and take Snowden into custody. Putin could then rail against the Americans, giving him points in Russia, while the Democrats would get their man and probably the 2014 and 2016 elections. It’s a win-win for both sides.
Though suspicious as always, Putin reluctantly accepts the deal and Snowden, not seeing the double game, accepts Putin’s word. In accordance with the plan, Snowden’s plane is intercepted in international airspace, Snowden is delivered into American custody and is tried for espionage, theft of government documents and assorted other charges and faces many years in prison. Despite the outcry from Snowden supporters around the world, Obama cares not a whit about the views of the opponents of his actions. He has succeeded.
The American security hardliners are happy, The Democrats are happy. The Republicans are thrown into disarray by Obama’s success and must plot what they can do to overcome this surprise turn of events.
Meanwhile, journalist Glenn Greenwald becomes the next target of the Obama administration.
Fade to black.