SNOWDEN ~~ Wallflower, Losing Partners in Dance


SNOWDEN UPDATE ~~ WHO SAID YES NO AND MAYBE

Reactions to the Whistleblower’s Asylum Requests, by Nations

Edward Snowden is not exactly on the run. He is in isolation at the Sheremetyevo Airport passenger terminal ~ far far away ~ in Moscow, a city famous equally for cold politics, cold climate, and knowing a bit about making loneliness the only friend you’ve got. 

Snowden just withdrew his request to Russia, (apparently vexing Putin), based ~~we might surmise~~ on Putin’s peculiar and suspect insistence that Snowden cease and desist his NSA revelations which may hurt his friends, the Americans. (“Tell Barack I’ll have more flexibility after he’s elected,” said Vlad).

Snowden asked asylum, to date,  from 15 countries. Snowden’s American passport has been rescinded. His friends are antsy. His enemies are loaded for bear. Wikileaks may be providing legal consultants.

(From CNBC)      Here is a list of the countries which Snowden has asked for asylum, as published by WikiLeaks, and their reactions so far.

OUTRIGHT REJECTIONS
Brazil
Finland
India
Poland

APPLICATIONS VALID ONLY IF MADE ON THEIR SOIL
Austria
Ecuador
Norway
Spain

WILLING IN PRINCIPLE
Venezuela (has taken no official decision, but president expressed support)

NO DECISION
Bolivia
China
Cuba
France
Germany
Iceland
Italy
Ireland
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Russia (Snowden has withdrawn his asylum application)
Switzerland

In a statement released late Monday through WikiLeaks, Snowden said the White House was pressuring other countries to deny him asylum.   (Source: CNBC)

“The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon,” his statement 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.”

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3 thoughts on “SNOWDEN ~~ Wallflower, Losing Partners in Dance

  1. Excellent ! And you haven’t said enough. We are sliding into the state controlled situation that precedes true fascism and nazism. Other countries are as supervised and controlled by the US as any US citizen. Hitler wished to have had such power in his days! And in Germany in the 30s with well-behaved patriotic (that is obedient) citizens, there WERE NO WHISTLE BLOWERS then, no matter what they knew or saw.
    Hitler succeeded brilliantly. State propaganda was born then. It is still with us.

    • Thank you, Vera.
      I both appreciate and admire your survival experience in Europe where these killing philosophies were hatched, or at least revived. Isn’t this interesting to see unfold, if one can step back and put horror aside, to watch the kind of pull one country has on the entire world by throwing money at them. And no one says no, unless they have forced themselves into a jealous corner from which they watch and wait and drool. US is a bad-tempered uncle at the pursestrings, dangling the carrot, parsing out the silver coin. And before us we observe a panorama of gutless, no-longer independent sovereign nations, which is intended for the individual here and near succeeding. I am doubtful there is genuine international spine behind the clamour against our universal spying. We get Pro Forma, not action.
      Much can be learned from seeing fallout. It was fascinating to know the protesters by name when Ron Paul tried to audit/abolish the Fed.

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