Snowden is a victim of US double standards, says Putin

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PostSun Jul 21, 2013 6:57 am » by grimghost

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Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of double standards over the handling of the case of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked details of US surveillance of Internet communications. Speaking at a review of military drills in the city of Chita, the president said that while Russia did not support damaging US interests, it also noted that the US often supported critics of other nations.

Mr. Putin said: "We will not go into much detail. We have warned Mr. Snowden that any harm he might do to Russia-US relations is unacceptable. As to this problem in general, we have repeatedly spoken about it. Human rights activism, of course, comes at a price. For someone who receives financial, political and information backing, as well as protection from the US, this is an easy pursuit. But for someone who criticises the US, it is much harder, as proved by the plane-grounding incident with the Bolivian President. As I understand, Mr. Snowden, he never intended staying in Russia forever."

Snowden, who has been trapped in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since the US government withdrew his passport on June 27, filed an official request for temporary asylum in the Russian Federation on July 16. A spokesman from the Russian Federal Migration Service confirmed that they had received the request, but that it may take up to three months for the matter to be decided. In the meantime however, the request may open a path for Snowden to leave the airport and be transferred to a refugee centre.

Mr. Putin previously made a clear statement that acting against US interests would bar the whistleblower from receiving safe haven in Russia. However, since the request for temporary asylum has now been officially made, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the president would have no further influence over the process.

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PostSun Jul 21, 2013 7:11 am » by mediasorcery

this whole thing stinks somehow, the snoden circus,
the story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again my friend.

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