Well, this is a huge intelligence failure.

It’s easy to be lulled into thinking that the president is always safe and protected, but this next story is a totally sobering wake-up call: Edward Snowden’s remote presence robot drove up to the White House and repeatedly slammed into the front door for three hours straight, all without anybody in government noticing.

Yeesh. Whatever your opinion on Edward Snowden, this is just inexcusable.

Security camera footage shows Snowden’s iPad robot driving across the White House’s North Lawn at 8 a.m. EDT this morning. It then rolled through the entrance portico and collided with the front door, backed up one foot, drove into the door again, and kept repeating this process until almost noon. Considering that the government is trying to keep an eye on Snowden’s activities, they should have known the exact location of the robot and noticed the loud, continuous banging coming from Snowden smashing his robotic surrogate into the White House’s main entrance.

This goes way, way beyond a simple SMH.

The robot’s assault on the front door continued unimpeded until 11:38 a.m., when a White House staffer looked out a window and noticed Edward Snowden’s placid face staring out of the machine’s video screen. They informed security, and two Secret Service agents picked up the Snowden robot and moved it out onto the street.


Even if you consider Edward Snowden a hero, it’s a little disturbing that his robot could repeatedly ram itself into the heart of America’s government. If the National Security Agency can’t protect us from Snowden’s remote-controlled robot, it’s scary to think about what else they might let smack into the White House door for hours. Let’s hope we never find out.