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Snowden Seeks Asylum in India, 19 Other Countries

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  1. Anees

    Anees Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Snowden Seeks Asylum in India, 19 Other Countries

    Snowden Seeks Asylum in India, 19 Other Countries


    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 today, 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, Venezuela.

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

    The US yesterday said Snowden, whose passport has been revoked, would be given a fair trial and enjoys all the rights of an American citizen.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."

    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 US 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 US is among the list of 38 diplomatic missions which were being spied upon by American intelligence agencies.

    FILED ON: JUL 02, 2013

    Snowden Seeks Asylum in India, 19 Other Countries | news.outlookindia.com
     
  2. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    Haha India too is on his list, he would never get asylum when Congress is in power!!

    "Dumbos" can't take strong decisions. :mrgreen:
     
  3. SpArK

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    He wont get asylum no matter whoever is in power.
     
  4. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Even Ecuador is thinking over now. Pity Mr. Snowden.
     
  5. Himanshu Pandey

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    he will not be able to get it anywhere... and will end up in USA if Russia didn't gave it to him
     
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    Edward Snowden India Asylum Request Rejected

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    NEW DELHI -- India has rejected NSA leaker Edward Snowden's request for political asylum, the External Affairs Ministry said Tuesday.

    The Indian embassy in Moscow had received a request for asylum from Snowden, ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters.

    He said India carefully examined the request and decided to turn it down.

    The government has "concluded that we see no reason to accede to that request," he said.

    Earlier Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said India "has a very careful and restrictive policy on asylums."

    "We have given asylums in the past but we are not an open house for asylums since we have a careful and objective policy," he said in Brunei, where he is attending a regional security forum.

    India has not ratified a 1951 international convention on refugees and has no regular procedure for granting asylum to people fleeing persecution.

    The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks has said that Snowden has applied to more than 20 countries for asylum, including India and China.

    Snowden has been on the run since he exposed highly secret National Security Agency surveillance programs. He is believed to be staying in the transit area of Moscow's airport since arriving there from Hong Kong on June 23.

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    He should have said we don't have Ball$ to accept.
     
  8. Cincinnatus

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    This is a truly perplexing situation that he's got himself into. He did break the law and he's admitted to that, which made the prosecutor's job extremely easy. He's not exactly being prosecuted for his political affiliations, so I think it will be difficult for him to find sanctuary anywhere (save for a country that wants to give the finger to Washington). And, we can assume, based on his information, that the NSA would have been able to eventually trace the leaks back to him, but I suspect that ultimately, had he returned to the States and remained quiet, he would have dodged prosecution for a few years (if not indefinitely). Without a doubt, he would have been the prime suspect, but they wouldn't have been able to prove anything in court unless one of the reporters squealed or he had a bunch of the evidence on his laptop or he was logged by the system (but, who's to say that he wouldn't have been able to argue that it could have been anyone with clearance to the files that he leaked?).
     
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    he created a shit and now he can't get out
     
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    Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua offer Snowden asylum

    The presidents of Nicaragua, Venezuela and Bolivia have indicated their countries could offer political asylum to US fugitive Edward Snowden.

    Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro said it would give asylum to the intelligence leaker, who is believed to be holed up in a transit area of Moscow airport.

    Meanwhile Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said his country would do so "if circumstances permit".

    Bolivia's Evo Morales said Mr Snowden could get asylum there if he sought it.

    Mr Snowden has sent requests for political asylum to at least 21 countries, most of which have turned down his request. Earlier, Wikileaks said he had applied to six additional countries on Friday.

    The whistleblowing website said it would not name the countries "due to attempted US interference".

    But even if a country accepted the American's application, getting there could prove difficult, the BBC's Steven Rosenberg, in Moscow, reports.

    European airspace could be closed to any aircraft suspected of carrying the fugitive, our correspondent says.

    Earlier this week, several European countries reportedly refused to allow the Bolivian president's jet to cross their airspace on its way back from Moscow - apparently because of suspicions that Edward Snowden was on board.

    Mr Morales described Mr Snowden's actions as "a fair way of protesting" and described him as "persecuted by his fellow countrymen".

    "We are not scared [of reprisals]," he added.

    Speculation

    President Maduro made his announcement in a speech on Venezuela's Independence Day.

    "As head of state and government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young US citizen Edward Snowden so he can come to the fatherland of Bolivar and Chavez to live away from the imperial North American persecution," President Maduro said.

    The US wants to prosecute Mr Snowden over the leaking of thousands of classified intelligence documents.

    Earlier Mr Ortega said Nicaragua had received an application at its embassy in Moscow.

    "We are open, respectful of the right to asylum, and it is clear that if circumstances permit it, we would receive Snowden with pleasure and give him asylum here in Nicaragua," AFP news agency quoted the Nicaraguan president as saying.

    Daniel Ortega was a fierce opponent of the US during his first period as Nicaragua's president in the 1980s, after the left-wing Sandinista movement came to power.

    Bolivia, which had also suggested it could offer Mr Snowden asylum, saw its presidential plane barred from European airspace on Tuesday.

    There was speculation the 30-year-old was on the plane carrying President Evo Morales back from Russia to La Paz earlier this week.

    "Edward Snowden has applied to another six countries for asylum," tweeted Wikileaks, which has been helping the former CIA contractor.

    "They will not be named at this time due to attempted US interference."

    The US has been blamed for being behind the decision by France, Portugal, Italy and Spain to close its airspace to Bolivia's president, whose plane was grounded in Austria for 13 hours as a result.

    Earlier on Friday, Spain's Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo admitted he and other European officials had been told that Mr Snowden was on board - but refused to say who gave out the information.

    He denied Spain had closed its airspace to the presidential plane, explaining that the delay in Austria meant the flight permit had expired and needed to be renewed.

    His comment is the first official recognition by the European states that the incident with Mr Morales' plane was connected with the Snowden affair.

    It has been widely condemned by President Morales and several other South American nations, who were critical of the US.

    Mr Snowden arrived in the Moscow airport from Hong Kong last month.

    He revealed himself to be responsible for the leaking of classified US intelligence documents that revealed a vast surveillance programme of phone and web data.

    The documents have also led to allegations that both the UK and French intelligence agencies run similarly vast data collection operations, and the US has been eavesdropping on official EU communications.

    BBC News - Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua offer Snowden asylum
     
  11. INDIAN NATIONALIST

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    A complicated situation.

    He broke the law and there is a price to be paid for that. The precedent of law and order is essential to the functioning of any nation.

    At the same time it seems he acted in good faith to make transparent the actions of his government which he believed strongly enough to be subversive to the interests of his nation. Access of the citizenry to information is essential for a representative form of government to function. So there is also that precedent to consider.

    Right thing for US govt. to do, I think, is to negotiate with him some deal. If he does not seek asylum, his sentence should be reduced by say half of what it might otherwise be, for example.

    Either way, India must remain objective and consistently prioritize its own interests while respecting international law within reason.
     
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    I feel what he has done is right, but too bad in revealing details of what has been done. Privacy of citizens is what matters. What is guarantee that it is not gonna be used for any political vendetta. Everyone has their secrecy life. Who are they to have sneek peek over it.
     
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    If Snowden accepts asylum in any of these countries & manages to reach there without getting caught, then Wikileaks' Julian Assange will be the only one left to escape.
     
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    It is very hard for him to get out of transit lounge without being caught and extradited. And as long as he is there Russia will be very happy in poking their fingers in to US eyes.
     
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    He's not a hero that everyone is trying to make him, he just went overboard with his stupidity.
     
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