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Ecuador Says NSA Leaker Has Asked For Asylum

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Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor accused of leaking classified surveillance information, has asked Ecuador for asylum, the country's foreign minister says.

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Angelika R. (145)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 4:17 pm
Thx Cal, widely identical with RT's reporting. I won't even post on this as things are happening so fast it's hard to keep up with. It's said if he flies out to Ecuador it won't happen before Monday, 24. Well, our and Moskow time is already Monday and our local news reported an hour ago that a wikileaks platform stated Snowden is ALREADY en route to Ecuador.

Sue H. (6)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 4:36 pm
Sure do hope that someone comes to his aid.!

S J. (128)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 4:48 pm
Noted, thanks cal.

Esther Z. (96)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 5:04 pm
Seems everyone facing charges from the U.S wants to go to Ecuador. As a native of Ecuador, I can tell you Ecuador has a very long history of corrupt politicians and administrations. I would be very careful asking for asylum when an administration can change in a New York minute, and use whatever is at it's disposal for a bargaining chip.

Lois Jordan (61)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 5:10 pm
Thanks for posting this, Cal. By now, I hope he's safely in Ecuador. He had help from the WikiLeaks legal team on this one, thankfully! I wish Ed Snowden the best of luck and thank him profusely for his courage.

John C. (81)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 6:43 pm

Interesting that wiki-leaks is supporting his movements.

While Assange is hold up in the Ecuadoran consulate in the UK, Snowdon is evidently attempting to make his way to Ecuador.

Ecuador has recently clamped down on the news media there making it illegal to criticize the government. The only news outlet is owned by the government.

What irony that the people that say they believe in transparency, and the free flow of information should seek safety within countries that suppress these ideals.

Carol H. (229)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 7:05 pm
noted, thanks Cal

Jason S. (50)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 7:47 pm
Same place the US government cant get to him, Good posting, thanks

John Gregoire (286)
Monday June 24, 2013, 4:32 am
I would hope that we immediately withdraw all foreign aid from every country that has not or will not return this TRAITOR to the USA for trial. He's a US citizrn who has greatly harmed our country and quite frankly ought to be shot and then tried!

Past Member (0)
Monday June 24, 2013, 5:04 am
Well, you don't have many options of where you can go.

lee e. (114)
Monday June 24, 2013, 5:28 am
This country has certainly changed its tune to honest and open journalism and whistle blowers! These were the people that we once counted on and indeed honored! The country makes itself appear to be more oppressive than the ones I used to fear as a child! Like Russia, or also when we spoke jokingly of "Chinese water torture", now it's "Cheney's water torture" - I'm so disheartened by the Obama's administration and it's flagrant hypocrisy! Perhaps in the end Obama will have a change of heart and grant clemency to the whistle blowers that have been so instrumental in airing the ugly truths of America's destruction of civil and Constitutional rights!

Michael Kirkby (91)
Monday June 24, 2013, 6:23 am
Mr. Putin will be pleased with the quid pro quo. Nothing is for free Mr. Snowden. Now you're going to a country that has only one media outlet which is owned by the government. I think I'll stay in Canada after I retire; or should I say if I retire.

Winn Adams (218)
Monday June 24, 2013, 6:53 am

Past Member (0)
Monday June 24, 2013, 8:14 am
I dont understand why they are saying he is a spy when they are the ones doing the spying on everyone
Good luck to him

noted thanks

. (0)
Monday June 24, 2013, 9:09 am
I hope they take him in.

Birgit W. (155)
Monday June 24, 2013, 12:49 pm
I am wishing Ed Snowden good luck. God bless him.

Katie K. (70)
Monday June 24, 2013, 1:37 pm
I fear Ed's life is in jeopardy. If "they" are trying to shut him up why would they bring him back so he can call them out to their faces. The government got caught with their pants down and now want to turn the tables on this guy. Why must they act like this since it only makes them look guiltier. We need to clean house and try and find some people to put in control that get "IT". Is there such a creature.

Debra Tate (17)
Monday June 24, 2013, 3:47 pm
NOTED! "We expect Russia to expel Snowden" HAHAHAHAAHA!!! THEY THOUGHT WRONG!!!!! ROTFLMFAO!!! They are finding out that they don't have as much clout as they thought! I am loving it! Serves our govt. right!

Judith Hand (54)
Monday June 24, 2013, 4:45 pm
Noted. As so it continues.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Monday June 24, 2013, 5:08 pm
John Gregoire he is a hero not a traitor. He is a hero unlike the flag waving ditto heads and unlike the politicians that daily make a mockery of their oaths to uphold the constitution and then give us stuff like the patriot act, drones, water boarding and indefinite detention. We need more heroes like Snowden who will stand up to the fascist police state.

Jason R. (72)
Monday June 24, 2013, 9:45 pm
He's not a leaker. He's a whistle blower. Leakers expose crimes against purported enemies. Whistle blowers expose crimes against the people.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:52 am
He is a dead man walking. Only a matter of time.

Patricia H. (440)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:30 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:37 am
I agree with those who see Manning and Snowden as whistleblowers who tried to expose the truth of our governments actions. They believe that people in a free democracy have to know the truth, and the truth is a priciple worth fighting for. To John G. and those who share a similar point of view- Be careful what you wish for. Shot and then tried? Sounds dangerously fascist to me, and contrary to the principles you want to defend.
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