Snowden seeks asylum in India, 19 other countries

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    AP Supporters hold a picture of Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee and a fugitive whistle-blower, outside the U.S. Consulate General in Hong

    American whistle-blower Edward Snowden, currently sheltered in the transit zone of Moscow airport, has sought asylum in 20 countries, including India.

    These asylum requests have been filed by Sarah Harrison, legal advisor of Wikileaks in the matter of Snowden, the whistle-blower website said on Tuesday, adding that the first two requests were made to Ecuador, followed by Iceland.

    “On 30th June 2013 WikiLeaks’ legal advisor in the Edward Snowden matter, Sarah Harrison, submitted by hand a number of requests for asylum and asylum assistance on behalf of Edward J Snowden,” Wikileaks said in a statement.

    “The requests were delivered to an official at the Russian consulate at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow late in the evening,” it said, adding the documents outline the risks of persecution Snowden faces in the US and have started to be delivered by the Russian consulate to the relevant embassies in Moscow.

    The requests were made to a number of countries including Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italian, Ireland, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Spain, Swiss Confederation and Venezuela.

    The Obama Administration has warned countries not to give asylum to Mr. Snowden arguing that he is wanted in the US on charges of espionage and leaking classified information.

    The U.S. on Monday said Mr. Snowden, whose passport has been revoked, would be given a fair trial and enjoys all the rights of an American citizen.

    “We’re prepared to issue one-entry travel documents. He’s still a US citizen. He still enjoys the rights of his US citizenship, which include the right to a free and fair trial for the crimes he’s been accused of,” State Department spokesperson Patrick Ventrell told reporters.

    “He (Snowden) enjoys the rights and responsibilities of any US citizen, including the right to a free and fair trial under our Constitution,” he said, adding that “He has a country to return to, which is the United States of America.”

    Mr. Snowden worked for the NSA before he fled to Hong Kong last month with laptops full of confidential information. He is believed to be currently holed up in the Moscow airport’s transit zone since his arrival from Hong Kong on June 23.

    He is wanted in the U.S. on the charges of espionage and leaking classified documents. Documents leaked by him last month exposed a systematic and large-scale surveillance of phone and internet communications by the NSA around the world.

    According to his leaks, the Indian Embassy in the U.S. is among the list of 38 diplomatic missions which were being spied upon by American intelligence agencies.

    Snowden seeks asylum in India, 19 other countries - The Hindu
     
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    'Unbowed' Snowden makes Moscow statement, releases list of countries contacted for asylum — RT News
     
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    Why didn't he apply for political asylum in Islamic Republic of Iran & Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). Both these countries have anti-US sentiments. :confused:
     
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    Or he can stay in transit area of Moscow airport; they'll make a movie about him and Tom Hanks can play the role :-D
     
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    now even offering political asylum becomes a tough job :facepalm::truestory:
     
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    i like tom hanks :p
     
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    Ecuador 'helped Snowden by mistake,' asylum in doubt

    Ecuador 'helped Snowden by mistake,' asylum in doubt — RT News

    Looks like the Americans had a little talk with Mr. Correa. :lol:
     
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    Edward Snowden Risks Sharing Fate of Kim Philby, Guy Burgess & More - The Daily Beast
     
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    Bolivian presidential plane forced to land in Austria over suspicions Snowden on board

    Bolivian presidential plane forced to land in Austria over suspicions Snowden on board — RT News

    :shocked: :hmm:
    Snowden doesn't seem to have a bright future.
     
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    India’s cowardly display of servility - The Hindu

    The once high and mighty Congress of Nehru.....look at how pathetic it has now become. :sucide:
     
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    Just national sovereignty over airspace, in spite of rhetoric.

    ‘Imperial Skyjacking’: Bolivian presidential plane grounded in Austria over Snowden stowaway suspicions — RT News
     
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    The question is what was the reason he left Hong Kong and fled to Russia airport. Was he becoming to hot for the Hong Kong authorities and the pcr leadership. People forget the Hong Kong government just gave the middle finger to the USA, what was the escape for prc government the answer was for them to send him to Russia. The Russians are waking up that they have been put in this position because of the prc government. This also plays intos with the recent naval exercise of the prc "the largest ever" to shw how the prc has russian support. this makes one read between the lines that the Russians are being used by PRC. But this time the Russians have picked up on this. The russians must be asking whats this and its a bit disrespectful. Too bad it would have been good to have read about snowden in Hong Kong. That's why I end by saying the prc government either got lucky if not they are smart. They picked up the disadvantage of having snowden in Hong Kong. But the other question is how can they now throw egg in the Americans face by saying they ought to look at themselves first before pointing fingers. Whose side is snowden on here hmm. The prc has a lot of guts to pick a fight with the Americans over this.
     
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    Snowden gets asylum in Russia; 'have won the battle, now the war', WikiLeaks says - The Times of India
     

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