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 Snowden’s American passport has been rescinded.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.
APPLICATIONS VALID ONLY IF MADE ON THEIR SOIL
WILLING IN PRINCIPLE
Venezuela (has taken no official decision, but president expressed support)
Russia (Snowden has withdrawn his asylum application)
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.”