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Russia Would Consider Asylum for US Whistleblower, Says Putin's Spokesman

World  (tags: Ed Snowden, world, politics, usa, russia, NSA, domestic secrets, surveillance programs, whistleblowing, conflict, ethics, 'HUMANRIGHTS!', humanrights )

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Russia would consider an asylum request from US contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked information on the US government's monitoring of Internet use and phone records, the spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

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Ellen m (215)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 3:40 am
I'm sure they would, but not out of any real concern for Snowden.
I pray the best for him whatever his ultimate decision.

Sad when a country such as ours cannot agree with it's people on who is really a hero.
Already we have Aaron Schwartz and Bradley Manning in a relatively short time period.
Leave us our heroes to inspire more, and stop turning them into martyrs!

Kit B (276)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 4:55 am

Papa Joe Junior would probably relish having this public embarrassment to hold over our heads. Though I think personally, if I felt strongly enough about an issue to risk my freedom, I would not be willing to toss my moral outrage at the feet of Putin.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 5:02 am
I think any country would, especially when they are targeting foreign e-mails.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 5:30 am
noted, thanks Cal

Ben O (173)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 9:48 am
Vladimir Putin...??? -Give me a break!

Christi Corser (2)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 10:04 am
Snowden is a hero! =)

Patricia H. (440)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 10:09 am

Mike M (43)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 11:26 am
If he had gone to a government official well OK but to disclose this and run and hide in another country and possibly have this information released to the world. No. He is a coward and I consider him a spy and a terrorist have have him eliminated

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 12:43 pm
Those of us who lived through the Cold War have no trouble appreciating the irony of this, even as we (with justification) doubt the sincerity of the offer.

Mike M, had he gone to a government official, that would have been the end of it. I am a veteran, but the United States is no longer the country I served to protect. You, sir, are a traitor to the people and the Constitution.

Katie K (70)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 12:55 pm
Mike M. if he had went through the proper channels he would more than likely have disappeared. They praise folks that support their shenanigans but if you call them out for wrong doings you can kiss your butt goodbye. Now this person that is trying to call these people to task has to go underground and his family are being harassed. Thankfully we have people like Mr. Snowden that care enough not to just be a sheep and follow blindly when you see injustice. God speed to you Ed.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 1:13 pm
If I were Edward Snowden I would certainly not go to Russia. The Russian government is just as bad as the US government if not even worse when it comes to spying. Especially Vladimir Putin who is still undermining his own folks. I think this is a joke.
Hopefully Edward Snowden is going to find a country who is respecting human rights.
I am wishing him all the best and good luck.

Nico T. (0)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 3:01 pm
Russia is laughing and they are right.. The Americans Always are shaming other countries with things like freedom of speech, power to the people, etc. How much better is America for example then Syria or Turkey, if they only be that harsh to others? America has to thank people like Manning or Snowden, because these people risk everything in an attempt of keeping America on the path their ancestors Always wanted it to follow.. Keeping America for all their citizens and to become an example for the world.. It's still a long walk I guess, but without people like Snowden, we never get more near the finish..

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 3:38 pm
I saw this a bit earlier, Cal, and thank you so much for posting here.
I agree with those who think Putin is grandstanding, but on the flip side, he is certainly making a point that the U.S. would've shamed Russia for something like this in the past. I consider Snowden a hero along with Assange, Manning and Daniel Ellsberg. When I first saw this headline, it made me smile to think of the ramifications. Looks like it's going to be quite an interesting summer......

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 3:52 pm
We certainly live in Interesting Times!;) Russia offering asylum to American China will will lecture us on human rights.. all because Government has become Big Brother's Minions (has to be Corporate Controlled!;)!

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 5:41 pm
Noted. Of course Russia would want him. He's NSA for starters. Need I say more?

Colin R (0)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 11:47 pm
There need to be more decent human beings like him, exposing corrupt and evil regimes like the US.
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