Ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has asked for asylum in Ecuador, the South American country's foreign ministry announced Sunday.
Snowden's story took a dramatic turn Sunday when he flew from Hong Kong to Moscow, aided by the international anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
The United States is asking Cuba, Ecuador and Venezuela not to let in Snowden, who leaked information about NSA surveillance programs, a senior administration official told CNN on Sunday. The United States also is asking those countries to expel him if they do admit him, the official said. Ref. CNN
I hope he is able to find asylum in Ecuador, what exactly was his crime? To tell the world what our government does? (Which is check all our conversations and monitor our internet activity?). It's not like we didn't know that already.
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It isn't as simple as that, according to the below, his total aim was to be a spy:
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Snowden 'not in Russian territory'
Moscow denies any involvement in the case of fugitive ex-US intelligence officer Edward Snowden - says he has not entered Russian territory Ref. USAToday
NSA leaker Edward Snowden is in the transit zone at the international airport in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin says.
"He is a transit passenger in the transit zone and is still there now," Putin said. "Mr. Snowden is a free man. The sooner he selects his final destination point, the better both for us and for himself."
Putin said Snowden's arrival in Russia was "Completely unexpected." Ref. CNN
President Barack Obama said the United States is going to use "Well-established" Channels to resolve the situation of Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker who is evading U.S. Authorities. But the president, speaking at a press conference in Senegal, said, "I'm not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker."
Snowden, the former National Security Agency computer contractor who spilled details of U.S. Surveillance programs to reporters, flew to Russia from Hong Kong after American authorities sought his extradition on espionage charges. He is believed to be holed up at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport. He has requested asylum in Ecuador. Ref. CNN
More leaks on way, says Assange
Intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden is likely to reveal much more information about the global surveillance programs of the US National Security Agency, WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange says. Ref. Source 3