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Monday, June 24, 2013

Ecuador Considers Snowden’s Asylum Request

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. (The Guardian/AP)

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. (The Guardian/AP)

Where in the world is Edward Snowden?

The former National Security Agency contractor who leaked information about the NSA’s extensive phone and internet surveillance fled Hong Kong for Russia yesterday.

Russian news reported Snowden was there, and planned to fly to Latin America via Cuba. But Snowden failed to board the flight to Cuba on Monday.

Snowden has requested asylum from Ecuador. The foreign minister of Ecuador, Ricardo Patino Aroca, said the country is considering the request, and confirmed that Ecuador had been in contact with Russia regarding Snowden’s status.

The United States is seeking to extradite Snowden and prosecute him on espionage charges.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is himself avoiding prosecution by living in Ecuador’s embassy in London, is expected to comment later this morning on his group’s involvement in Snowden’s search for asylum.

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  • PeterBoyle

    Karma stikes US – politicians confused as well as dysfunctional.  The oath Security Personell take is to “Protect and Defend the COnstitution form all enemies both foreign or domestic.”  Snowden is doing his patriotic duty to make us aware of what the government is doing to us, and it is unfortunate that he had to go to these lenghts to get the word out.  Obama says he wants more transparancy, well here is transparancy.  Years of the US calling other countries to task on spying on their own people and building secret files using secret courts.  The US decrying China and Russia for hacking our computer systems and stealing our data.  Snowden showed that the US is just as guilty and the world loves it.  Hypocricy and lying have become the way we do foreign policy for the last 60 years.  TIme for some truth.

    • mattlove1

      Good on you. Every feeble, absurd justification they throw up falls one by one.  How long do you think it will be before it comes out that the regime is turning over industrial secrets to US corporations?  Because after all, everybody spies on everybody, but only the chinese are stealing our intellectual property and using it against us. Give me a freaking break. Obama isn’t going to give information to the people who put him and keep him in office?  When he gives them everything else, when he takes billions of us to give to them to save them from their own stupid business practices?  How stupid do they think we are?  How stupid are we going to keep acting like we are?  Except for you and me, Peter Boyle, at least we’ve figured out they sold off all the fire extinguishers before they set Rome on fire.

  • mattlove1

    Where do you get these clowns, anyway?  What a pathetic joke. I used to try to refute this stuff, but it’s pointless now, it would take a book to counter all the junk I hear on “public” radio every day… but it will never have any effect, you people are so smug, so well paid, rubbing elbow with rich people telling you what a great job you’re doing. Maybe deep down you have a little insecurity about your station in life, otherwise, why would you be so snarky towards a hero like Snowden.  Dismantle Public Radio, and give the stations back over to the universities. There might be some improvement, and at least we wouldn’t have to pay for the rubbish.

    • PeterBoyle

       I’m not sure your internal logic is functional.   Why are you attacking Public Radio when they are the only ones who are reporting the facts in a ‘fair and balanced’ (I hate FOX for ruining that phrase) way.  If Snowden is returned to the US I’m fairly certain that he will spend the rest of his life in a small cell staring at the wall.  It would take a million people marching on Washington to get him even normal prison life.  He did the RIGHT thing by  putting the facts out to the public (who are paying the bills), and the smart thing by going into hiding.  I would not put it past our government to use drones to take him out if they found out where he is.  I’m patriotic to the Constitution, not these clowns who have been running is since 1980. 

  • http://www.jerroldrichards.com/ Jerrold Richards

    If Edward Snowden is returned to the United States, he faces sensory deprivation in a small space until he goes insane.

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