Simon Griffee

The Origin of Ed Snowden’s Cincinnatus Email Address Name ➶

22 May 2014

Aaron Anderson, in a comment in this Wired article.

Cincinnatus - what a fitting pseudonym. A Roman statesman who left his farm to serve as a temporary dictator of Rome and when finished had the strength of character to relinquish his power and return to his farm. His actions inspired the formation of the “Society of the Cincinnati” after the Revolutionary War, an organization of military officers headed by George Washington himself. Their motto was Omnia reliquit servare rem publicam (“He gave up everything to serve the republic”).

“The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.” -James Madison

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