Out of seclusion, Snowden pleads for asylum in Russia

  • Article by: ELLEN BARRY and ANDREW ROTH , New York Times
  • Updated: July 12, 2013 - 10:23 PM

He apparently agreed to condition to halt leaks while he waits to go to Latin American.

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unicorn4711Jul. 12, 1310:57 PM

If you set up a global spy program that goes against the 12th Article of the Universal Declaration of human rights, isn't authorized by even the draconian Patriot Act, and is probably in violation of the US Constitution, you get in no trouble. If you lie about the details of those programs before Congress, as a high ranking, powerful general, people "give you the benefit of the doubt." But if you're 30 year old programmer that didn't even finish high school who dares to talk about the programs with leading reporters, well, they you get the book thrown at you. You get called a traitor. You get your passport invalidated with no due process and no trial. You get the US Vice President calling up foreign leaders trying to get you. Really, America? Maybe we should revise our programs, not violate our own laws and international law, not reward those who lie before Congress, and then we won't have the conditions where whistle blowers can make a credible human rights case.

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sternitzkyJul. 12, 1311:00 PM

Wonder if he misses the land of the free and the home of the brave? Neither of which he is.

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unicorn4711Jul. 12, 1311:01 PM

About 70% of the comments here will label snowden a traitor. A handful will question whether the programs are legal or constitutional. Almost no one will look to holding high level officials accountable for their crimes. No one will be able to explain why Clapper isn't even being investigated for what looked like blatant lies and perjury before Congress. In a few months, this will die down and America will be back to not understanding why the would thinks we're hypocritical when we lecture them about human rights, the rule of law, and due process.

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guacamoleoleJul. 13, 13 2:57 AM

Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Thank you Snowden. You are a true American. A brave freedom fighter.

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wallyworldmnJul. 13, 13 6:06 AM

"About 70% of the comments here will label snowden a traitor" - Yes, we call it like we see it. He stole information, fled the country and seeks refuge with those that would seek to harm or destroy us. Sounds like espionage to me. I hope he enjoys the rest of his life looking over his shoulder. What a fool.

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salryteJul. 13, 13 6:45 AM

Every nation spies on every other nation. And their own people. This is one tool to prevent attacks and crime against the people. Congress was aware of it. The courts are aware of it. I just assumed it to be. And still glad it is only out of necessity. I don't think Snowden as much a traitor as I do a child. In his small mind (yes brilliant in technology) He is doing the right thing. The people that support him are of similar mind. Or lack of. Think of it this way. If you had an 13 year old child that got mad at you for for whatever reason and they wished to get back at you. They went into your baking files and found all the account numbers then gave these numbers to their friends what would happen? Nothing immediately. It may be a week or a month or months but eventually there will be a problem. We have not yet seen the consequences of Snowdens actions as the enemy's of liberty and freedom much retool their methodology for communication and subsequent destruction. But we will and we will have Edward Snowden to thank.

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markwashaJul. 14, 13 1:50 AM

Eroding the fourth amendment is not justified when straight forward-warnings are ignored; such as Russia on the Boston bombers, Colleen Rawlings for WTC, the Phoenix memo etc. So many forget that the government is owned by the people. Snowden is a hero. In order to remain the superpower of freedom, we must avoid decay. Blessed are whistleblowers.

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