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Fri Jul 12, 2013, 12:05 PM

Edward Snowden caught in asylum catch-22

Edward Snowden caught in asylum catch-22

No valid passport, conditional asylum offers and US diplomatic pressure make it hard for NSA whistleblower to leave Moscow

Julian Borger

Edward Snowden is not just trying to find his way out of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. He is also attempting to navigate his way through a thicket of international law on political asylum while staying beyond the reach of the US and its allies.

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Widney Brown, Amnesty International's senior director for international law and policy, said that the Latin American states involved could theoretically have sent envoys to Sheremetyevo to furnish Snowden with travel documents.

"However, that would be a highly unusual procedure for use in extremis," Brown said. "It may be that these states would prefer to go through the normal procedures for adjudicating asylum claims."

Snowden's strategy to appeal for temporary asylum in Russia to allow him to file for asylum elsewhere is a response to these conditions. He is responding to Putin's conditionality by insisting he has no intention of harming the true interests of his home country, but it is not clear whether he would agree to a temporary gag while in Moscow. Judged on his record so far, it would seem out of character, but he may have little choice.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/12/edward-snowden-asylum-nsa-whistleblower?CMP=twt_fd

The ACLU's own text contradicts its case for Snowden's asylum bid.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023231312


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flamingdem Jul 2013 #2
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flamingdem Jul 2013 #5
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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 12:26 PM

1. Kick! n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 12:48 PM

2. Nobody wants to risk taking Snowden

off of Putin's hands?

Well, he might be stuck with him!

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 01:49 PM

6. Snowden better get used to Wodka and Wiki.

 

Vicki is Putin's special agent assigned to watch The Snowy One.

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Response to Whisp (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 01:52 PM

7. I hope Vicki kicks his

bippi!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 01:39 PM

3. So Snowden renewed his request for asylum in Russia, however

that's the last thing Putin will do now due to the upcoming meeting.

Here is says that the preparations haven't been impacted, yet:

Preparations for a bilateral meeting of President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama in Moscow in September continue despite the developments involving former CIA employee Edward Snowden, Kommersant daily reported on Monday.

http://www.kyivpost.com/content/russia-and-former-soviet-union/snowden-case-didnt-impact-preparations-for-putin-obama-meeting-in-moscow-in-sept-326643.html

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 01:41 PM

4. I think Putin will take him

 

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 01:46 PM

5. Someone else here speculated on

ties between Wikileaks and Russia, so maybe they're obliged.

As if they can control his leaks though.

But we may never find out if he had anything more damning if this arrangement is at the highest levels.

I doubt he does but the USA really doesn't want lists of their agents revealed. Of course.

Putin likes having the list though!

Wikileaks is in trouble financially, so I can see some cash in the deal.

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 02:30 PM

8. Snowden is just as stuck after this PR event as before. n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 06:06 PM

9. Kick! n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 06:12 PM

10. Putin could take away his computers, return them to the U.S.

Then grant asylum and have Snowden guarded night and day.

A little much to go to for a little fish like him, though.

"Mr. Snowden, Russian for 'hotel' is 'gulag'. You will like it here."

You should never stop having childhood dreams.

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