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Mainstream media has, in a matter of hours, gone from calling former NSA intelligence worker Edward Snowden a whistle blower to a "spy on the run". He may be charged with espionage by the US administration but for us he remains a whistle blower. A man who blew the lid of corruption in high office. The information he leaked showed widespread deceit by politicians plus that they were spying on their own people and others around the world. Ironic then that Snowen is now called the spy.
Monday there are reports that Edward Snowden remains in Russia but may leave soon. His final destination could be Ecuador, as he has formally asked for asylum in that country but that is not certain.
Julian Assange holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London hopes that country will be his final destination too but that seems unlikely, at least for now. In recent days it appears that Assange and Snowden have been in some contact which has fuelled claims that Julian is merely jumping on the publicity wagon which is rolling along courtesy of Snowden's revelations. Again that is down to some in the mainstream media, the same characters who tried to blacken the name of Edward Snowden when he blew the whistle.
Ecuador could agree to offer Snowden asylum but that will depend if they want to have good relations with the US or not. At this moment in time the government of Ecuador has no such aims but that could change in the future. We are all well aware that CIA operatives from the US work undercover in many countries around the world which means that in truth there is no 100% safe-haven for Snowden.
According to BBC news "Reports suggest he [Snowden] will board an early afternoon flight out of Moscow, heading first to the Cuban capital Havana. Washington says it expects the Russian government to "look at all options available" to expel him to the US on spying charges- but Russia reportedly says it has "no grounds" to do so".
"The US state department says it is urging countries in the "Western Hemisphere" not to let him enter their territory" which leaves us wondering what they have to hide?
Hong Kong which was Snowden's first port-of-call, claimed that he left that country voluntarily but his legal team paint a slightly different picture. They claim that the HK government assured him he could leave freely but wanted him out of the country this weekend. That at least saved a diplomatic spat with the USA but relations between the two countries are precarious to say the least.
Snowden timeline courtesy of RT:
US-Hong Kong communications on Snowden (via Reuters)
June 5: First batch of leaks revealed by the Guardian.
June 9: Edward Snowden steps forward as the source of the leaks
June 10: US DOJ starts communicating with Hong Kong counterparts.
June 14: US authorities charge Snowden under the Espionage Act and issue a warrant for his arrest.
June 15: US requests Hong Kong to provisionally arrest Snowden.
June 17: Hong Kong authorities respond that the matter was under review.
June 19: US Attorney General Eric Holder calls Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen, stressing the importance of the case.
June 21: Hong Kong asks for more information about the charges and evidence in the case.
June 23: Hong Kong authorities notify the US that Snowden has left the country.