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The man who blew the lid off America’s dragnet web spying program, Edward Snowden, is going to release an important statement today on the case of WikiLeak’s chief informant, Bradley Manning, the whistle-blowing website has said in Twitter.
“Edward Snowden will release an important statement later today in light of the Manning trial verdict,” the tweet read.
Michael HastingsVerified account @mmhastings
@ronbryn @BarrettBrownLOL working on it. there was an election, and still a few wars going on. but get ready for your mind to be blown.
@3ristar President Obama perhaps should pardon Bradley Manning.
1/2 "Pfc Manning also details how he tried to leak the archive of secret files to both The Washington Post and The New York Times...
Update on the Manning trial: news.bostonherald.com...
Btw, a win for @RonPaul is a win for @wikileaks and Bradley Manning.
and to me, barring them from visiting manning sounds like possibility of even bigger story. #wikileaks #bradleymanning
The only thing he can say about Manning is at least he had the balls to face what happened after he leaked his info.
Originally posted by buster2010
So is everyone supposed to hang on Snowdens every word now? He was an idiot that threw his life away telling something that people who have been paying attention already knew. The only thing he can say about Manning is at least he had the balls to face what happened after he leaked his info.
Originally posted by ufoorbhunter
reply to post by ERagerz
Yep, he's on the move. BBC just reported it in the UK 17 minutes ago.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country’s territory.
The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia, Snowden's legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said.
“I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service. They are what he needs to leave the transit zone,” he added.
Snowden has already left the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, an RT crew at the scene has confirmed.
He departed at around 15.30 Moscow time (11.30 GMT), airport sources said. His departure came some 30 minutes before his new refugee status was officially announced.
His present location has not been made public nor will it be disclosed, Kucherena said
“He is the most wanted person on earth and his security will be a priority,” the attorney explained. “He will deal with personal security issues and lodging himself. I will just consult him as his lawyer.”
Snowden was unaccompanied when he left the airport in a regular taxi, Kucherena added.
Snowden, a former CIA employee and NSA contractor, came to international prominence after leaking several classified documents detailing massive electronic surveillance by the US government and foreign allies who collaborated with them.
Snowden was hiding out in a Hong Kong hotel when he first went public in May. Amidst mounting US pressure on both Beijing and local authorities in the former-British colony to hand the whistleblower over for prosecution, Snowden flew to Moscow on June 23.
Moscow was initially intended as a temporary stopover on his journey, as Snowden was believed to be headed to Ecuador via Cuba. However, he ended up getting stranded at Sheremetyevo Airport after the US government revoked his passport. Snowden could neither leave Russia nor enter it, forcing him to remain in the airport’s transit zone.
In July, Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia, a status that would allow him to live and work in the country for one year. Kucherena earlier said the fugitive whistleblower is considering securing permanent residency in Russia, where he will attempt to build a life.