Snowden submits request for temporary asylum in Russia

  • Article by: VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 16, 2013 - 7:05 PM

MOSCOW — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia, his lawyer said, claiming he faces persecution from the U.S. government and could face torture or death.

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tmauelJul. 16, 13 9:45 AM

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R), MI, will try to derail NSA surveillance by targeting funds. Amash wants to "defund the type of dragnet surveillance that the NSA is doing on American telephone calls. We're focusing on the indiscriminate collection of American telephone records", said Will Adams spokesman for Amash. Adams also noted the amendment is gathering co sponsors.

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jdlellis1Jul. 16, 1310:39 AM

So, let's get the facts straight. Snowden vilified the U.S. for its practices and is now seeking assylum in Russia, one of the most repressive regiems in modern history and will need to agree not to release any additional information. So what was his objective? Why are [some] people placing him on a heroic pedestal? The juvenile has not credibility and worse, the juvenile has no moral backbone. Hope he enjoys the freedoms and lifestyle in Russia. Let's see what happens when his addiction to return to snooping and publishing happens and negatively impacts the Russian governement. His next visit will be to the gollags in Siberia! Those who don't belive these words, consider an hostage incident in the Middle East about ten years ago. The hostages were from various western nations including Russia. Most of the western countries spent time negotiating. Apparently the Russians did some quick homework on the kidnappers and their families, removed a vital s_x organ from one of the male family members and sent it to the hostage takers. Very quickly, the Russian hostages were let go.

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tmauelJul. 16, 1311:13 AM

Rep. Amash of MI, R will introduce an amendment to defund "the blanket surveillance of all US. telephone calls." Co signers to the amendment are growing.

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tmauelJul. 16, 1311:23 AM

jdellis1 So you approve of the NSA's monitoring every telephone call and email even if those making those calls are not suspected of any crime thus making the U.S. more like the police state in Russia?

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peterschiffJul. 16, 1311:26 AM

Snowden you are a hero and a true patriot. You have the spirit of the Founding Fathers in you. Thank you for revealing the truth. The truth is a revolutionary act in times of universal deceit.

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nomedsJul. 16, 1311:31 AM

Hey Associated Press and other news media, we really don't need to know every move Snowden makes. He is already old news.

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hiraddrifterJul. 16, 1311:57 AM

peterschiff - He is a hero? Did the founding fathers run and hide after they took their stand? A hero stands and faces his accusers.

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allotropeJul. 16, 1312:18 PM

hiraddrifter - Actually yes, the founding fathers did spend at least some time running and hiding. They needed to pick their battles carefully to avoid being ground to dust under the heel of one of the most powerful nations in the world at that time.

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agproducerJul. 16, 1312:30 PM

He is a coward. If he believes he is so right in what he did, come back to US and stand up for what you did. Hard for me to believe that anyone with a brain any bigger than a pea, would not know that these things go on for National Security, before he made it official.

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braxozJul. 16, 1312:46 PM

tmauel Jul. 16, 13 11:23 AM jdellis1 So you approve of the NSA's monitoring every telephone call and email even if those making those calls are not suspected of any crime thus making the U.S. more like the police state in Russia?_____ If you think the NSA monitor everything you have an inflated opinion of what it can do. Computers do 99.999% of the work looking for patterns the same way health insurance company computers make predictions on health trends from meta data. Only when a pattern has been determined do the analysts get involved.

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