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Russia is willing to consider granting political asylum for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who blew the lid on the US PRISM program, Russian media reported. Snowden dropped out of sight Monday after he was last seen checking out of a Hong Kong hotel.
“If we receive such a request, we will consider it,” Kommersant daily quoted President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov as saying.
Iceland. Seriously? Iceland is a NATO member.
Ecuador will most likely offer him asylum.
Wikileaks has called Snowden "out of date" on the country, pointing out that the new Prime Minister is a member of the right-leaning Progressive Party. "It’s hard for me to imagine that a country both diplomatically and geographically close to the U.S. would ever offer it," Talking Point Memo's Josh Marshall wrote yesterday.
Even Greenwald seems unconvinced by the Iceland plan. "Would you be comfortable that a country like Iceland would be able/willing to withstand hard-core US pressure?" he tweeted yesterday.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
In my mind, he wouldn't be getting asylum in China or Russia, he'd be defecting. That would lose my respect for him and cast doubt on everything he's done here.
In my mind, he wouldn't be getting asylum in China or Russia, he'd be defecting...It's one thing to act in conscience and do what he sees needs done. It's quite another to essentially declare his homeland and nation an enemy.
the US wants to "prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law and begin extradition proceedings at the earliest date"
Exactly. If he were to run to China or Russia then that would prove that he didn't 'whistleblow' but instead just did a dump of US secrets for his own gain. China and Russia are no different than the USA .. maybe even a lot worse ... when it comes to spying on it's citizens and on restricting freedoms. So for him to go to either of those countries would mean that he's full of crap.
China and Russia aren't safe unless he fully flips in a full blown defection. If he goes to hide and shelter and doesn't share what he has in return, he's as safe as the next time the United States has something China or Russia really needs or wants.