To Russia, With Love

NSA whisteblower

The Guardian:

Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong for Moscow

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has flown out of Hong Kong, where he had been in hiding since identifying himself as the source of revelations on US surveillance programmes – despite a US request for his arrest.

The 30-year-old had previously said he would stay in the city and fight for his freedom in the courts. But the Hong Kong government confirmed that he left on Sunday, two days after the US announced it had charged him with espionage, saying documents filed by the US did not fully comply with legal requirements. It also said it was requesting clarification from Washington on Snowden’s claims that the US had hacked targets in the territory.

Snowden had been at a safe house since 10 June, when he checked out of his hotel after giving an interview to the Guardian outing himself as the source who leaked top secret documents.

Hong Kong’s decision to allow him to leave comes a day after the US sought to turn up the pressure on the territory to hand him over, with a senior administration official telling the Washington Post: “If Hong Kong doesn’t act soon, it will complicate our bilateral relations and raise questions about Hong Kong’s commitment to the rule of law.”

Sunday’s statement from the Hong Kong authorities said: “Mr Edward Snowden left Hong Kong today (June 23) of his own accord for a third country through a lawful and normal channel.

“The US Government earlier on made a request to the HKSAR [Hong Kong special administrative region] Government for the issue of a provisional warrant of arrest against Mr Snowden. Since the documents provided by the US Government did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law, the HKSAR Government has requested the US Government to provide additional information so that the Department of Justice could consider whether the US Government’s request can meet the relevant legal conditions. As the HKSAR Government has yet to have sufficient information to process the request for provisional warrant of arrest, there is no legal basis to restrict Mr Snowden from leaving Hong Kong.

“The HKSAR Government has already informed the US Government of Mr Snowden’s departure.

“Meanwhile, the HKSAR Government has formally written to the US Government requesting clarification on earlier reports about the hacking of computer systems in Hong Kong by US government agencies. The HKSAR Government will continue to follow up on the matter so as to protect the legal rights of the people of Hong Kong.”

According to the South China Morning Post he boarded an Aeroflot flight to Moscow, although the newspaper said Russia was not his ultimate destination. It suggested he might go to Ecuador or Iceland – having cited the latter as a possible refuge in an interview with the Guardian. However, reports from Moscow indicate that Havana would be his next port of call, with the ultimate destination either Caracas in Venezuela or Quito in Ecuador.

The authoritarians on the left and right are gonna love this. I do not care.

Edward Snowden IS NOT the issue. The issue is NSA domestic spying.

Edward Snowden is probably guilty of several crimes. Whether or not he ends up behind bars remains to be seen. I don’t know if he stll has more secrets to reveal. I hope he does not reveal any secrets that cost someone their life. But I am not here to bury Snowden, nor to praise him.

I am far more worried about my freedom than his.

BTW – It turns out the British have been tapping everyone’s phones too.

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34 Responses to To Russia, With Love

    • Lulu says:

      It will be much harder to kill him in Putin-land and this WH knows it. So several countries will play dumb with the WH to keep the leaks coming. As soon as the WH tries to work up an international legal incident, Snowden will take a little plane ride to the next stop so the drama begins anew. It is nice to see just how “unpopular” this prezzy is with the spied upon international community and how willing they are to tweak Bronco’s nose. The Honk Kong legalese diplomacy bureaucrat-ese double speak is of very high quality. I think Putin will just say FU.

      • votermom says:

        ABC news’ @AkikoFujita tweeted that Snowden’s passport was revoked on Sat 6/22, but he left on Sunday, so USA officially has no idea how he was able to leave.


        • Lulu says:

          Under what authority do they turn a US natural born citizen into a non-entity. Did they get a farking court order? Last I heard we are allowed passports unless we are convicted of a crime. Little dick-tators just pull them and drone murder citizens. So now I guess he can claim refugee status. Idiots.

      • swanspirit says:

        The Chinese are ancient past masters of bureaucracy and obfuscation and delay . I love their wording , and letting Snowden leave only benefits them .

  1. myiq2xu says:
    • leslie says:

      Have been hearing many comments on radionews about ^this^ as well. It’ll be Snowden who pays the price and the gov’t who “walks”.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile, the world problems have been solved at #NN13 …..or is this the end of the world as we know it ? 😉

  3. HELENK says:

    stolen from a commenter at No Quarter

    since backtrack believes he can use drones on Americans, will the use them on Snowden no matter what country he goes to?

  4. HELENK says:

    this it pitiful

  5. elliesmom says:

    I’m feeling a little nostalgic today. I just saw that Nancy Pelosi has suggested the way to deal with bathroom issues for transgender people is to slap a “Unisex” sign on every public bathroom. My mother, bless her heart, refused to support the ERA because she thought it would make gender specific bathrooms illegal. I wish I could ask her how she felt about losing her “ladies room” because 0.3% of the population is conflicted over which one to use. I know she was impressed the first time she saw a “family bathroom” at the mall. Bathrooms were a big issue for her.

    • Constance says:

      Uni sex bathrooms are BS. Generally speaking men are happy if they hit anything while peeing and I don’t like putting toilet seats up and down or sitting in dried up pee. Anyone in possession of a Y chromosome has no business in women’s bathrooms or women’s sports, case closed and I don’t care how they feel.

  6. votermom says:

    Whistleblower seeks protection in Russia? Feels like another cold war gearing up.

  7. HELENK says:

    do you get the feeling that Hong Kong, Russia, Cuba and South America just gave the finger to backtrack?

  8. HELENK says:

    did david gregory just get put down by glenn greenwald over this story

  9. HELENK says:

    princess nancy went over like a lead balloon at netroots over snowden

  10. foxyladi14 says:

    I knew that in 07. 🙂

  11. votermom says:

    I expect to see the admin start blaming Snowden/Greenwald for all sorts of foreign policy & intelligence snafus.

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