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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in Norway, according to the country’s foreign minister. Norway foreign ministry spokesperson Frode Andersen confirmed that they received a faxed asylum application at their Moscow embassy on Monday afternoon. He added that it’s most likely from Mr Snowden and the signature is allegedly his, but they cannot be 100 per cent sure of that.
The spokesman gave no details about the letter’s content or from where the asylum application was faxed from.
Snowden, who faces charges in the US for leaking secret surveillance information, has gone on record as saying the US government is refusing his right to seek asylum, revealed a WikiLeaks statement earlier on Monday.
Originally posted by Djayed
I know I will get attacked for this, but this is my opinion and just that.....I think the man is a traitor, when you work for a Branch of the government like NSA you know what you are getting yourself into...as soon as he leaked this information he broke the law, plain and simple.
Unlikely. The Norwegian deputy justice secretary, Paal Loenseth, told
the state broadcaster NRK: "Applying for asylum should be done on
Norwegian soil." He added: "The Norwegian authorities can theoretically permit entry to Norway and asylum to a person that we think is important for foreign political reasons but I can't see any such reasons in this particular case."
Under its right of initiative, Norwegian Pen, which promotes literature and freedom of expression, has demanded that Snowden's application be reviewed. This means that the Norwegian directorate of immigration can no longer dismiss the application merely on the grounds that it was not filed from Norway. But it does not follow that it will be granted.
Originally posted by sdcigarpig
Was it worth it? Was it worth throwing away a career, and a salary that most of us wish we could have to do the right thing? Was it worth it to leave the country and ultimately be on the run, never to be able to return home to visit family and friends ever again?