Former CIA operative and now whistleblower, traitor, American and hero Edward Snowden is as far as we know still holed up in a transit area of a Moscow airport. The diplomatic fall-out following his revelations continues. With many countries working together these days the old political lines are vague and at times smudged. Beneath the rhetoric there are still divisions but at least on the surface the west and east try to work together. This means that Snowden has found no country ready to jump to his aid as he seeks refuge and asylum.
When he first became persona non grata of the world wikileaks whislteblower Julian Assange advised Edward to look to South America for asylum. Saturday it appears that Assange was right and more than one South American country is prepared to offer Edward asylum. How safe he will be so close to home is unclear. With previous allegations that the USA had a hand in the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez anything is possible.
North America has also worked with rebels in countries such as Nicaragua destabilsing the region and working for its own ends. It is safe to say that Snowden is in for an uncertain future but at least offers of asylum are good news.
On Friday wikileaks on behalf on Snowden applied for asylum at six fresh countries. Saturday the BBC reports:
"Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro said it would give asylum to the intelligence leaker, who is believed to be holed up in a transit area of Moscow airport. Meanwhile Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said his country would do so "if circumstances permit"."
That may sound vague but it is better than nothing.
After the presidential Bolivian plane believed to be carrying Snowden from Moscow was unceremoniously diverted and forced to land in Austria how he will reach his asylum destination is the money question.
There is no doubt that pressure from Washington led to the diplomatic incident involving Bolivian President Evo Morales but some of the other countries complied for reasons of self preservation. Saturday there are also revelations that France, like the UK, has also been spying on its citizens.
Russia Today sums up the situation perfectly when it writes, ‘There’s an element of panic in US policy towards Edward Snowden’. Yes and in other countries too.
As various countries say they cannot consider Edward Snowden’s request for asylum, US civil rights activist Norman Solomon tells RT that hardly any government will want to challenge the US in this way. Solomon believes US attempts at grabbing Snowden and bringing him to the US are a sign of panic. No one, including Snowden, is capable of stopping further leaks, as the documents have been handed to journalists or other people who can make them public. Norman Solomon is one of the organizers of the "Hands Off Edward Snowden!" online campaign, which calls on US citizens to individually email President Obama asking him not to interfere in Snowden’s attempts to seek asylum. 46,000 signatories have already sent emails.
Snowden was offered asylum in Russia if the information leaks stopped. When they did not many thought Edward was sticking two fingers into the face of Obama but it was more probably as information he gathered was already in the hands of third party sources such as journalists.
The mainstream media continues its biased reporting with little coverage of protests against PRISM, the spy mechanism, held in Washington on July 4, 2013. Opponents of the system and supporters of Snowden are out there but as the mainstream media is often in the pockets of government what is reported is crucial.
If you value your freedom dig a little deeper and support Edward Snowden. As always things are not as they may seem at first glance.
For a final thought consider each countries justification of spying on its own citizens, which is allegedly to stop terrorist activity. Now ask yourself why is the world is in such constant turmoil in 2013.
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