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MOSCOW, July 2 (RIA Novosti) - Edward Snowden has accused US President Barack Obama of "pressuring the leaders" of countries where the fugitive former US intelligence contractor sought political asylum.
“On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" over my case,” Snowden said in his first public statement since fleeing Hong Kong eight days ago and posted late Monday on the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.
“Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President [Joe Biden]to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions,” Snowden said.
“This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me,” he added.
Snowden, a former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who has a US warrant out for his arrest on charges of disclosing details of a secret government surveillance program, has reportedly been hiding out in a transit zone at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport together with Sarah Harrison, a lawyer with the WikiLeaks.
Snowden’s statement came amid reports that he had applied for political asylum in Russia and several other countries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Snowden could stay in Russia, if he wanted to, but must stop leaking secrets and doing other activities to harm the United States.
Nikolai Patrushev, head of Russia’s Security Council, told the state-owned Rossiya-24 television network Monday that Alexander Bortnikov, head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), and US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller were ordered by their respective presidents to “remain in constant contact and find ways” to resolve the standoff.
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- TimGRRIANovThis does not look promising05:56, 02/07/2013Ed Snowden had a very narrow window he needed to get through to accomplish his objective and live out the rest of his life. It is beginning to become clear he missed it, and has lost the support of a great many Americans.
Attempting to contest public enforcement of US laws, and State Department protocol, like his association with Wikileaks, is a dead end. This is far different from what he -should- have done, which was to make the legitimate case rights of due process would not be honored, and his life endangered if he were to return.
Also, he should not have released information that was not directly relevant to his cause! This, and agreed to destroy the remaining classified files.
- arsanlupinYes? So? What’s your point, Eddie boy?10:58, 02/07/2013Your feeble attempt to paint yourself as some idealistic crusader of the people is seen by all as the begging of a criminal trying to escape justice. President Obama is doing what any head of state would do if a traitor and spy was discovered. Remember Smersh? Not the fictional one, the REAL one. Remember Alexander Livinenco? If you were a citizen of most countries of the world (including Russia) you’d already be dead.
You aren’t fleeing persecution; you’re fleeing prosecution for espionage and treason and you know it, because you know that’s exactly what crimes you committed. Asylum from criminal prosecution is NOT a right, basic or otherwise – it’s a coward’s response to a demand for justice by the people and the country you betrayed.
You're not only a spy and a traitor, you're also a coward - afraid to stand up for whatever "convictions" you had, thus proving you have none at all.
"I'm not going to have one case with a suspect who we're trying to extradite suddenly be elevated to the point where I've got to start going wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues, simply to get a guy extradited so he can face the justice system," Obama said while on a tour of Africa. He saying he won’t give anything up on any issues in return for you. He’s NOT saying he won’t demand your extradition.
Deal with it!
- TimGRRIANovI would disagree12:36, 02/07/2013For a period of about a week, Ed Snowden had the interest and attention of a number of important and influential people, within and outside of the United States. He had a real chance to make changes in our country and government. He could -even- have gained support within the American security and law enforcement establishments for change. There is a great deal going on in our country most Americans don't know about.
If he had handled it responsibly and well, there would -be- no conditions from Russia, he would be able to apply for asylum in a number of countries in Europe and elsewhere, and look forward to even some possibility of a pardon by the United States at a future date.
From the moment he became involved with Julian Assange and Wikileaks he was done, the question is when this happened. If it comes out he had been communicating with Wikileaks before he left Hawaii, while still employed by Booz-Allen-Hamilton it would explain a great deal.
Using ballistics analogies, Snowden had a very, very narrow political trajectory he needed to meet to hit his reentry window, and he missed it.
I genuinely worry for him.
- Panthera Pardus... and you are working in the department of american militar-industrial complex15:46, 02/07/2013... in charge of intercepting communication (incidentally in violation of the 4th Amendment) and write in your coffee pause because you are scared at the idea that there would be no more for you?
Snowden is an hero because it has demonstrated to the world that the words "Human Rights", "Democracy" etc.. are just spraypainting the roadkill.
Do you remember US - and all the "free" western media - scolding the bad China because they were hacking goggle email account of the much praised Chinese dissidents?
Well, US, the beacon of democracy, is a step ahead of China, they just hack the email of the whole population, including EU (in a sort of pay one take two special offer of democracy)
a sad ending for a once great country, but we were correclty warned about the risk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY
- Wolfgang9But, what I do not understand,...21:53, 02/07/2013...why did Ed Snowden not take the offer of Putin? If that's true what Glenn Greenwald told that E.S. told almost everything,
than he could have taken the offer of the Russian president. There is no way for him to fight the criminal US government since he wont have a chance anymore to get close to sensitive information. In his place I would look for a second ID and settle somewhere near Ural mountains, preferrably in a warm region and sell some computer consulting to locals. Maybe getting his girl friend over and starting a second life.
- mobealeHe should have06:05, 03/07/2013Eddie gave away the ball game..it doesn't make him a "hero". If he was, he would have done it, with risk, in the good ole USA and he probably would have gotten a lot of support. Ofcourse I believe that the data gathering was really to forestall terrorist attacks (albeit "a little overboard";). If you don't then you will see much more sinister motives.
Putin may have been intrigued, but in any event, because of his own background, might consider Mr. Snowden a spy "dork". Snowden should have accepted the offer. Also he could probably learn a few things from the very computer literate Russian kids.
- Wolfgang9To: mobeale11:56, 03/07/2013Sorry, but I do not agree: I have been living in the US for more than 20 years and I know that you cannot get out with that message there. You will end up very, very fast in a closed location, prison or mental institution. There are examples! Even the US chess champion Bobby Fischer had to run around the globe and was probably killed a few years after he arrived Iceland what was assumed a safe place. But I agree that E.S. should have taken Putin' offer and just survive for a few years, time is important. He got his entire message out and there is not much what he can do right now than being a martyr or just hide in some save neighborhood. Of course CIA will do anything to trace him down, but IMHO in Russia that is much more difficult than it would be in South America or Europe.