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NSA whistleblower Binney: "Why I voted Trump"

Bill Binney is satisfied. On Wednesday evening, the former high-ranking NSA employee said no when asked by STANDARD whether the result of the US election surprised him. Because: "I voted for Trump myself," says Binney. He is one of those 59.6 million Americans whose voting decision caused shock and fear among a large number of Europeans - as well as with the majority of the 59.9 million US citizens who voted for Clinton. So why did Binney, who has been recognized for his services to civil rights and is believed to have inspired Edward Snowden, chose a man who is seen by many as a proto-fascist and authoritarian figure?

Binney: Emails not stolen from Russia

"Hillary Clinton is a warmonger," says Binney. She belongs to that part of the military-industrial complex that he also wants to fight through his activities as a whistleblower. "Clinton was for the Iraq war, she was for the intervention in Libya, she fueled the conflict in Ukraine," Binney thinks, "and she and her team immediately tried to blame the Russians for the emails that surfaced on Wikileaks push. " The former technical director of the NSA, who is considered a Russia specialist, does not think that Russian hackers actually stole the private emails of the Clinton campaign. "It was an insider, probably someone from the FBI, maybe someone from the NSA," says Binney, who thinks it would be easy to reveal evidence that Russia had stolen the documents. However, these did not materialize.

Clinton "unpunished" in email affair

Binney, who spent nearly forty years in the US military, is also upset when Clinton got away with using a private email server. "A 22-year-old Navy sailor is going to jail for a year for taking selfies in a nuclear submarine," says Binney - "and Clinton gets away with getting rid of secret information on private servers." What is clear is that Clinton's actions caused horror, especially among active soldiers and veterans. In addition, the former Democratic presidential candidate has shown an extremely tough line against whistleblowers. This is also the reason why Wikileaks founder Julian Assange developed a personal hostility towards Clinton.

Binney does not accept the fact that many in the intelligence community are warning that Trump as president could endanger national security. "These people want to get more money for more surveillance and more war machinery," says Binney. A President Clinton would have granted this wish, thinks the NSA whistleblower. "In any case, Trump does not pose any more surveillance threat than Clinton would."

NSA could be given far-reaching powers

Critics see it differently: For example, "Wired" imagined weeks before the election what an NSA controlled by Trump could look like. The newly elected US president could reintroduce US data retention after his inauguration and order the NSA to spy even more for the interests of US companies. The Obama administration had always denied industrial espionage charges, but Snowden revelations provided clear evidence that at least in some cases rival companies had been spied on by US firms.

Trump could also order the NSA to develop even more powerful cyber weapons or to use them against opponents. But ex-NSA leader Binney does not accept that: Stuxnet has been approved by the Republican US President George W. Bush and has been pushed forward by Obama. The first use of a powerful cyber weapon against a foreign country was carried out by Obama, US Vice President Joe Biden threatened Russia with a cyber attack only a few weeks ago.

Poverty as an election motive

This perspective disregards the racist and sexist lapses that Donald Trump delivered in the election campaign. Director Friedrich Moser, who captured Binney's story in the film "A Good American", interjects that it is a matter of "provocations" against the establishment. "It's about extreme poverty in rural America," thinks Moser. However, neither of them can completely rule out that Trump misuses the surveillance apparatus to spy on critics, for example.

Snowden himself will comment on Trump's election success in a live stream Thursday night. He had already tweeted in February 2016 that this year's US election was one between "Donald Trump and Goldman Sachs". This perspective is arguably widespread in libertarian circles. However, it hardly takes into account the fact that Muslims in the United States, for example, are concerned about their personal safety after the Trump victory. While libertarian positions often propagate the government's withdrawal from private affairs of citizens - for example in the area of ​​gay marriage or freedom of religion - it is unclear how a US President Trump, who changed numerous positions in the election campaign, often strongly to the right, will govern . (Fabian Schmid, November 10th, 2016)