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Spy Edward Snowden’s Body Language Shows Arrogance, Cockiness, Anger In Trying To Set The Record Straight But Fear and Sadness Wanting To Come Home
May 29, 2014

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After watching  NBC’s  ancho Brian William’s interview with self admitted spy Edward Snowden we see body language,facial language  vocal tone and speech content which reflect arrogance, cockiness, anger, sadness, and even fear as he attempts to set the record straight  about himself

As soon as we see the B roll footage of  Edward Snowden walking down the hallway with NBC Anchor Brian Williams, who ventured to Russia to interview him, we can tell a lot from Snowden’s body language well before he opens his mouth to reveal that he was actually a trained spy.

We see  two contradictory movements- side to side swagger which shows someone who is way too confident and thinks very highly of himself and on the other hand a hunched over, eyes looking down on the floor , hand in pocket gait complete with a and  tight jaw. The latter shows that deep down he may not be feeling that confident and may in fact, be feeling some fear, as his hidden hand reflects his being protective and hiding his true feelings of fear and also sadness as we see later when he discusses wanting to come home.

This is not a warm and fuzzy interview as Williams physically distances himself from Snowden as Williams keeps  him at a good arm’s length and even walks quickly so that he leaves Snowden a step or two behind as you can see in the photo above.

As they both sit down you see  hear the arrogance in Snowden’s tone and see it in his body language as he describes  who he really is and his training.


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When he describes himself as a spy, Williams mentions how we think of  James Bond as a spy and now spys may look more Ed Snowden than James Bond. It was interesting to note  as you can see in the photo above that as Brian brings up James Bond, we see Snowden’s eyebrow raise in Sean Connery Style James Bond) . No doubt Snowden was flattered by this comparison as he subconsciously mirrors the Connery  Bond eyebrow raise.

 “I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word — in that I lived and worked undercover. As he says this he away and shakes his head which reflects  a type of haughty movement. He then continues”   overseas, pretending to work in a job that I’m not — and even being assigned a name that was not mine,” Snowden said. There is a tone of anger as he says. It is as though he feels forced into this.

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He then uses his body language in an attempt to be emphatic about his work experiences and he taps his fingers with his opposite hand each time he presents a new job in his employment history on his resume, as you see in the photo above. Using his body language in this manner shows that he is angry he has been misrepresented. He  demands  to clearly and emphatically set the record straight. The finger tapping appears hostile and angry.

His anger  at being misrepresented is reflected in his speech content as  in a defensive tone says

“But what they’re trying to do is they’re trying to use one position that I’ve had in a career, here or there, to distract from the totality of my experience, which is that I’ve worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, undercover, overseas.”I’ve worked for the National Security Agency, undercover, overseas.  (finger  tap) And I’ve worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency as a lecturer at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy, where I developed…

As he says the word developed you hear the nuances of his tone as it changes with a slightly upward inflection. Here he clearly wants you to know how important he feels he was  and that he didn’t just carry out orders. Instead he was the one who devised and invented “sources and methods for keeping our information and people secure in the most hostile and dangerous environments around the world.”

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Then the pace of his speech pattern becomes more rapid which indicates he is angry as he makes a dismissive smile as you can  see above reflecting  reflecting  how stupid he feels those in the government are who have depicted him as a “low level  systems analyst,”

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As he says this  we see his smile get even broader. It’s a sarastic smile and an angry smile as you can see the lack of raised cheeks and the tight jaw.

 

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Then just as he says “It’s somewhat misleading,” we see a  very revealing micro facial expression of how he really feels . In essence. his smile was all along masking his true feelings. But it was  finally revealed in a sudden serious flash of anger as he looks down and clenches his teeth which you can see in the above screen shot.

In essence he is extremely angry at people not looking at him as who he really is- a  trained  professional high level spy.

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His  constantly looking down and failing to make eye contact with his interviewer  says it all. Its screams having something to hide as  well as some real feelings of  fear which he is attempting to mask.

Why did he decide to now, after almost  a  year  speak up and out and clarify who he really is? It raises  a lot of questions.  Is his life in danger? Does he have a death wish? Does revealing he was a spy offer him some sort of protection? Soes revealing who he really was make him feel more powerful?

Was he not only a spy but a double agent? Was he working for Russia as well as for the US or was he always on Russia’s side? What made him turn if indeed he went over to the Russian side?  Is that why they accepted him with such open arms?Is he a puppet or mouthpiece for Putin?

Russia under Putin has been so restrictive in having people speak up and out publicly. Look at what they did to the female punk Band Pussy Riot. They put these young women into gulags as they severely punished them for speaking out. Russians are not at all tolerant of any gay person who wants to speak out.  So why are they allowing Snowden who is essentially now a Russian resident speak out so publicly. Is it to embarrass President Obama? Is it to thumb their nose at Obama who has put forth sanctions for the Russian’s involvement in the Ukraine? The question is why now?

When he was perceived as a low level technician who stumbled  across an injustice it seemed to many like a David and Goliath story. Innocent little David taking on the Mean and  Dangerous Goliath was a story that was palatable to many as they discovered that he released all of Goliaths secrets.

But now that Snowden was a trusted member of Goliath’s minions, it changes the entire perception of Snowden and not in a good way. If he did all of those high level jobs he said he did and worked for the CIA as a spy, he knew what he signed up for. He knew the requirements and what was expected of him. His job was to keep secrets.  If the job was so repugnant to him or damaging to his psyche he could have opted out in some way  But instead, he chose to spill the secrets of his job to the world.  Whether it was a good thing or a bad thing can be debated forever. If it was a breech in the Constitution he needed to have consulted with lawmakers and involve them and not take this task on by himself in my view.

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The bottom line is that there were some signals of fear  and sadness leaking out in his body language as he spoke. His vocal and verbal arrogance in contrast to his non confident, anxious body language with bowed head and  upward gaze  say that he is indeed afraid of something and very well may be the reason he close or it was chosen for him to come forward now.

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The fact  that he said that coming home was foremost on his mind is also revealing. Perhaps  things aren’t so rosy or secure  in Russia as his temporary Russian visa expires in three months. As he talks of home and of how much he gave up in his “very comfortable life, “he purses his lips and we see a flash of sadness.  This  indicates that he doesn’t want to say more or he might get too emotional.

His level of arrogance is evident when he in a disgusted tone blames the US for “stranding him in Russia because they decided to revoke his passport. But what did he expect?

He is after all the govenment’s public enemy number one in the US who has charged him with  theft and two counts of espionage. Government officials like Secretary of State  John Kerry call him a “coward” for not facing the judicial system in America and essentially running away. Kerry  says he is also a “dumb traitor” because he has now exposed a lot of mechanisms for terrorists to accomplish their goals in “making it harder for the United States to break up plots and harder to protect our nation.”

Snowden does not come across likable or sympathetic in the interview. In my view  this may sway many who once supported him in the opposite direction, especially now that they learned he was a professional spy.His arrogance and bravado may be a coverup for his fear  and sadness of not knowing what lies ahead in his future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sexual Assault of CBS Reporter May Be A Warning Sign to All Female Reporters Who Cover Stories In Countries Where Women Have Limited or No Rights
February 19, 2011


The case of CBS Chief correspondent Lara Logan’s rape and beating by a gang of Egyptians in Tahrir Square who were  celebrating the stepping down of President Mubarak is  beyond appalling. But it is not at all surprising. This  isn’t the first time that a beautiful  female reporter has been violated.

In 2008, a  similarly beautiful blond  reporter,  Joanie de Rijke, a Dutch journalist went to search  for the Taliban in Afghanistan and found them. But she did not find them hospitable. Instead  fact found them to be a violent bunch of rapists who held her captive and repeatedly raped her.

Like Lara Logan, de Rijke was released by her captives, but she was not released until a week later only after a $137,000 ransom was paid on her behalf while being continually raped.

The ordeal obviously took it’s toll on her psychologically as she no doubt suffered from Stockholm Syndrome whereby she identified with her captors by stating ‘They also respected me, ‘They are not monsters.

Any man who rapes a woman is clearly a “monster!” A rapist respects no one- not even himself!


Two years later beautiful reporter  was in Mumbai trying to cover a story  when an angry mob attacked her and tried to rape her.  As the camera lights went out you can hear her guttural  sounds of distress  as she is heard yelling “STOP IT!”  There so no doubt whatsoever that the sound that was heard emanating from her voice was the fear for her life.

While rape and attempted rape is bad enough there is nothing worse than  a woman journalist losing her life because she is reporting in a part of the world that doesn’t respect women and doesn’t acknowledge that they have equal rights.

Zahra Kazemi, an attractive  Canadian freelance photojournalist who was arrested after taking photos outside a Teheran prison during a student  protest  not only suffered torture and rape, she was ultimately killed due to her injuries.

Beautiful Iraqi journalist and  reporter  Atwar Bahjat unfortunately suffered the same fate back in 2006. The Al-Arabiya television presenter was kidnapped, raped  and murdered in Iraq. Bahjat  died  of  bullet wounds to  her  head, neck and chest.

Her rapist ended up confessing to her murder as he stated  in a videotaped confession” We parked beside the main street, I asked the girl to step out and I told her, ‘You are pretty and I like you, and I want to have sex with you,”. Bahjat refused. But I put the pistol to her head, and I raped her.

 

So now we have Lara Logan who was not physically killed.  But there is no doubt that there was a part of her  that died On February 11, 2010, when  the  humanity and dignity was taken away from  this  39 year old mother of two young children.

The same thing could have happened to her CBS colleague Katie Couric who by the grace of God got out of Egypt  in time, after  being harassed and abused on the streets of Cairo. CBS news anchor   Katie Couric  was suddenly surrounded by a group of angry  men. Her face shows her fear and upset over the situation.

SHOULD FEMALE JOURNALISTS BE SENT TO SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE WORLD WHERE JUST BEING A WOMAN CAN CREATE DANGER?

So the question arises “ Should news outlets allow female journalists to cover stories in various parts of the world?

I say NO WAY!!   Let us learn from these incidents. These parts  of the world that are simply not safe for anyone, let alone women, Look at what happened to Anderson Cooper who was repeatedly hit in the head by protesters during the protests in Egypt or Miguel Marquez who was recently roughed up and beaten in Baharain .

While I along with every other American, Canadian and  European is all for women’s rights and women’s equality, there are places in the world where women will never be equal, let alone  have any rights.

In some countries, a woman still must walk in back of a man. They must not speak back to their husbands or they will get slapped and abused. If their husband dies, they cannot go out alone and fend for themselves.

A male relative must do their bidding. If they have no male relative they are simply out of luck. In some parts of the world a woman needs a man’s permission to do anything. A woman cannot  vote or drive, travel abroad or stay out late with friends. They cannot  go to restaurants without a man and they must ask a man’s permission before doing anything. In some countries, a woman’s worth is considered half  a person.

If a woman is raped in certain parts of the world, it is often considered her fault that she was “dishonored” and honor killings to get  rid  of the woman for  embarrassing her family are common.

If a man rapes a woman, nothing usually happened. Under Egyptian President Mubarak’s rule, if a man raped a woman and found guilty, he was sentenced to three years in prison, but the operative words here are”  if he was found  guilty”. Most of the time, the men are not found guilty and if they have to spend time in prison for their act, they are essentially on vacation, with little or no punishment or censure from members of their society.

So what will happen to the Egyptian men who were found guilty of raping  journalist Lara Logan?  Most likely, nothing will happen to them. It is doubtful that anyone will come forth and report the names of the actual rapists for fear of retribution themselves. In fact many would consider the rapists heroes for dishonoring an” Infidel” – an American infidel at that.

Her savage beating  of a reported “sustained sexual attack” actually means that she was no doubt gang raped. There is no way in my view that they will find her gang of rapists, let alone punish them.

It has been reported in the media  that she was saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers but who knows how accurate that report was. The fact that she got out alive is a miracle in itself. The fact that she  reconnected with her news crew,  returned to her hotel and was able to walk aboard a plane on the on the first flight out of Cairo to the US  the next morning is also a miracle.

I don’t believe any woman should be put into harm’s way. They are defenseless in certain countries and need to know all of the possible consequences before they commit to such assignments.

More than anyone else the world, the Israeli Defense Services know the dangers of women in combat in certain regions in the Middle East. Several years ago they  temporarily took on women in front line roles as part of a test  which investigated women in combat.

The results were so bad that they determined that  women could  no longer serve front line roles in the Israeli military but women could still serve in other forms of combat such as
fighter pilots , artillery gunners and most roles in the navy.

The bottom line is that any woman who insists on covering stories in certain parts of the world where sexually assaulting and  raping women and women journalists are common practice, are taking their lives into their own hands.

 The world is not always kind to women and like it or not, in many places they are less than equal. http://www.drlillianglass.com

North Korean Soldiers Incongruent and Disturbing Body Language Gives Us Insight Into Their Psyche
December 23, 2010

 Perhaps this recent press photo released all over the world by the North Korean News Agency (NCNA)  of a group of Korean soldiers can give us a great deal of insight into what is really going on inside of them. It reveals a great deal to me about the ambivalence their leaders must be  experiencing concerning  their proposed attacks against South Korea. The photo shows a group of men in uniform smiling with their fists angrily clenched. But their fists are only raised at the level of their heads. This gesture alone is very peculiar because when one is angry their arm  usually shoots up on the air along with their clenched fist.

 But sometimes a clenched fist signifies victory as you can see as a group of European footballers show in a BBC photo when they were victorious in a soccer match. Perhaps the North Korean soldiers were trying to depict the same sentiment in this photo but they clearly missed the mark.

 Their gesture of potential victory should have been placed above their head,  not contrived at the level of their head. The smiles of the Korean soldiers  are also contrived. Look at the stiffness in their faces. Their cheeks are not raised. While their mouths are opened as though they appear to say something Their  mouths do not depict a true and genuine smiling gesture. If that was the case,  their lips would be pulled back with teeth showing. In this case their teeth are showing because they have no doubt been instructed to say something in unison.

This photo showed me that they appeared to be like automatons devoid of  any real emotion at least publicly.

 I remember when Diane Sawyer took her ABC cameras to North Korea for a television special. Apparently few if any Americans were ever allowed on North Korean soil until then. I remember how Diane remarked that the children seemed to have these continuous mask-like smiles as though they were instructed to smile for the foreign American guests as they sang and played musical instruments.

 In watching the ABC special I remember noticing how these indelible smiles never changed. It was not natural. Most 3  year olds don’t have a perpetual mask like smile on their face that never changes. This can only happen if the child is told what to do. Diane even remarked in her blog after visiting with the children of how they are taught ferocious training discipline with a and indoctrination at an early age with an “almost religious fervor.”

 So when North Korea recently released this press information warning of  a “sacred war” against South Korea it came as no surprise that they would use such words. That   dogged determination which  they are indoctrinated with since childhood  evidently surfaced as they vowed to carry our their effort with what  can be best described in Diane Sawyer’s words reminiscent of  a religious fervor.

While the North Koreans  threatened to using its nuclear arms and vowed a “merciless counterattack” if southern territory is attacked again, on the other hand they have shown a cool and measured international response offering (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspections.” According to experts,  part of North Korea’s tactic to keep everyone guessing and off balance in terms of what they will do next in a flip flop approach.

 This inconsistent behavior is clearly reflected in the body language of their soldiers as reflected . They are told what to do and how to act and perform even though it is unnatural to the body.

When someone is truly victorious or knows they will have a victory, their arms are raised straight up on the air above their heads. Their fists may be open or clenched shut as a  natural reaction  as you see in the above photo. But their arms  are never at the level of the head as we saw in the photo f the North Korean soldiers in a very unnatural reaction.

 Maybe the Korean military  leader who was no doubt in in charge of choreographing and arranging this  photo had some internal doubts and concerns as to  whether these soldiers could  actually win a  victory.  Perhaps his own body language was at half mast in terms of  rallying for victory. Perhaps his own insecurities were reflected  as he instructed his troop to follow his lead as they no doubt parroted his incongruent partially raised clenched fist and phony smile

 He obviously missed the mark on what he was trying to portray, However he  did manage to  provide us  with  a great deal of insight into his psyche and into what is probably going on in the minds of his superiors.

Numerous  military analysts  worldwide have said that North Korea has wielded its nuclear capability threat before but it has no way to launch a nuclear device. They may obviously know this as well . Perhaps that is why the incongruent  and un natural body language depict what they really know is going on. While they can threaten all they want, if military exerts are correctm and we assume they are, thankfully  they cannot deliver. That that is the message in the photo as I see it . www.drlillianglass.com

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