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:
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:
Former ballplayer Jose Canseco tweeted several “hugs” to everyone “who has blown the whistle for the people,” including:
Anchorman 2 director Adam McKay had a couple of tweets on the subject, including:
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For actress Rosario Dawson:
From musician Yoko Ono:
And musician Billy Bragg:
Other celebrities just joked about the situation.
From Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston:
Author William Gibson:
SNL’s Seth Meyers:
From comedian Mo Rocca:
In-character Stephen Colbert:
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