The United States most wanted man, former CIA operative and whistle-blower Edward Snowden, met with human rights groups Friday, as he remains in limbo, in the no-man's land area of a Russian airport.
Following the meeting there are reports that Snowden has now asked Russia for asylum once more, as he is unable to travel to South America. The Kremlin has reitreated that it would only grant aslyum if information leaks ended.
Thursday the US administration rebuked China for not acting swiftly to extradite Edward Snowden when he arrived on Hong Kong soil in June. Perhaps the US should consider what its action would have been if a Chinese or Russian former Intelligence worker arrived in their territory armed with damaging revelations. I guess we all know the answer to that one.
Many people have decided to shoot the messenger, i.e. Snowden, instead of addressing the spying conducted on law-abiding citizens around the world. The US administration is not alone in its snooping shenanigans and leaders in countries such as the UK are also determined Edward will not receive asylum with their blessing.
Mr Snowden posted a letter, the same one sent to a Human Rights Watch official, on Facebook. As it has already been revealed by Snowden's whistle-blowing that Facebook is one of many websites apparently allowing US intelligence operatives to spy on users his posting has more than a touch of irony.
What is evident by the words of US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns is that the US administration continues to the lay the blame anywhere but at their own front door.
Sky News reports the letter as saying:
I have been extremely fortunate to enjoy and accept many offers of support and asylum from brave countries around the world. These nations have my gratitude ...
"Unfortunately, in recent weeks we have witnessed an unlawful campaign by officials in the US government to deny my right to seek and enjoy this asylum under Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
"The scale of threatening behaviour is without precedent: never before in history have states conspired to force to the ground a sovereign President's plane [Bolivian President Evo Morales] to effect a search for a political refugee.
"This dangerous escalation represents a threat not just to the dignity of Latin America or my own personal security, but to the basic right shared by every living person to live free from persecution."
Sergei Nikitin, the head of Amnesty International in Russia, confirmed he has been invited to he meeting to discuss the "next steps forward in my [Snowden's] situation".
Where Edward goes from here is uncertain. Many people already view him as a dead man walking. With all the horrors in this world inflicted by humankind on humankind, it is sad that a man who is viewed by many as a potential savior of western freedom will be hounded for the rest of his life.
Wherever Snowden is granted asylum he will find it difficult to live out his life in peace. His first, most important challenge, will be reaching the country. Once there he will face possible assassination or US grab-raids. Osama bin Laden was summarily executed when US forces entered a sovereign country, i.e. Pakistan, so there will be no qualms about such action again.
Countries change politics down the years and future leaders of an asylum granting country may hand Snowden over at a future date.
Those who view Edward as a thief, traitor and more will no doubt say "good". Those of us who prefer to view the information he has revealed as showing criminal activity by governments will continue to wish Snowden a good outcome.
That however will not be easily achieved.