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Russia Would Consider Snowden Asylum Request

From the UK’s Guardian:

Edward Snowden: Russia offers to consider asylum request

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says any appeal for asylum from whistleblower who fled US will be looked at ‘according to facts’

Miriam Elder | 11 June 2013

Moscow – Russia has offered to consider an asylum request from the US whistleblower Edward Snowden, in the Kremlin’s latest move to woo critics of the west…

Fearing US retaliation, Snowden said at the weekend that "my predisposition is to seek asylum in a country with shared values", citing Iceland as an example. He defended his decision to flee to Hong Kong by citing its relative freedom compared with mainland China.

Snowden is not known to have made any asylum requests, including to Russia. Yet speaking to the Russian newspaper Kommersant, Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, said: "If such an appeal is given, it will be considered. We’ll act according to facts." …

Thank goodness Hillary ‘re-set’ our relations with Russia. They are such dependable friends now.

Peskov’s comments on potential asylum opened the floodgates on support for Snowden. Robert Shlegel, an influential MP with the ruling United Russia party, said: "That would be a good idea."

Alexey Pushkov, head of the Duma’s international affairs committee and a vocal US critic, said on Twitter: "By promising asylum to Snowden, Moscow has taken upon itself the protection of those persecuted for political reasons. There will be hysterics in the US. They only recognise this right for themselves."

He continued: "Listening to telephones and tracking the internet, the US special services broke the laws of their country. In this case, Snowden, like Assange, is a human rights activist." …

Snowden will do fine in Russia. As long as he doesn’t start an all girl punk rock band.

[Russia’s] own whistleblowers suffer harrowing fates. Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who revealed a multimillion-dollar corruption scheme involving officials from the interior ministry and tax police, was arrested and later died in jail after being refused medical attention. His body also showed signs of torture. Alexey Navalny, a prominent anti-corruption activist, is currently on trial on charges widely believed to be politically motivated.


Russia is often among the first countries to offer support for whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing in the west. Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks, found many a champion among Russian officials and was given a programme on Russia Today, the Kremlin’s English-language propaganda television channel…

The USSR also welcomed Lee Harvey Oswald, once upon a time. Because they thought he might have some secrets from his time in the military. (Oswald had worked at a secret radar installation in Japan as a Marine.)

However, we are not comparing Snowden to Oswald. Just comparing opportunistic Russkies to opportunistic Russkies.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Russia Would Consider Snowden Asylum Request”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    If you are old enough to remember the Reagan-era cold war, can you just stop and contemplate how BAD America has gotten, when our own citizens see corruption, and the reasonable alternative is to seek asylum in RUSSIA?

    Did I step through a warp portal from STAR TREK or something? It seems that the events of 911 destroyed OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY. We just didn’t realize it until a dozen years later.


    “I have not spoken to any of my family,” he told the newspaper. “I am worried about the pressure they are feeling from the FBI.”
    Two FBI agents visited Snowden’s father’s home in Pennsylvania on Monday.

    So the FBI seems to have time to harass and intimidate family members, but are going so fast to investigate Benghazi, I saw a couple of snail pass them by.
    Yeah, the same FBI that couldn’t prosecute the Black Panthers who intimidated voters, the same FBI who can’t get to the bottom of the Fast and Furious gun-running scam,
    the same FBI who gave advice to a facebook member who invented “Everyone Draw Muhammad Day”, to “go into hiding.”
    Yet these FBI agents show up to the parent’s home of a whistleblower expecting them to tell these bozos anything. Wow, what corruption!

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