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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Has Edward Snowden Filed For Political Asylum In Russia?

"The official Russian Press agency Interfax has the scoop: Edward Snowden asks for political asylum in Russia (Google Translate). Russia Today, however, denies the news. Is this part of a clever disinformation move by Snowden, who reportedly is still in the Moscow airport Sheremetyevo 2?"The Washington Post is also reporting Snowden did apply for 

asylum in Russia. Snowden released a statement last night through 

Wikileaks, quoting: "For decades the United States of America has 

been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek 

asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in 

Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now 

being rejected by the current government of my country. The 

Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using 

citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has 

unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. 

Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me 

exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right 

to seek asylum."
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