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Update: Snowden Applies for Political Asylum in Russia, Issues Statement

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow
Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.
Continued at:
http://wikileaks.org/Statement-from-Edward-Snowden-in.html?snow
Snowden Requests Russian Political Asylum
07/01/2013 12:41 -0400
While hardly coming as news to anyone who could have read the tea leaves as soon as Snowden boarded the plane from Hong Kong to Moscow, the flashing red headline that the NSA whistleblower has just applied to be Depardieu's neighbor, has just escalated the great US foreign policy snafu that started a month ago with the NSA spying revelations, and has since developed into a huge scandal involving Europe, Russia, China, Hong Kong, and virtually every other country (not to mention US citizens) that the US government is spying on.

SNOWDEN ASKS FOR RUSSIAN POLITICAL ASYLUM: IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL
SNOWDEN ASYLUM APPLICATION RECEIVED YESTERDAY: RUSSIAN OFFICIAL

And with Putin saying there is no chance he will return Snowden to the US, in response to Obama's demands, suddenly the balance of power shifts to Russia's favor (which by now it is almost certain, knows everything that Snowden does).

Ball is now in Putin's court. Just where he likes it.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-07-01/snowden-reequests-r...
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/snowden-seeks-asylum-russia-16...
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/01/putin-says-wont-h...

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exactly..

what I meant. Revealing information to the American people makes you a hero. Revealing it to our enemies makes you a traitor. Snowden has very valuable information. There is no telling what he is singing about. Running to Russia??? Like the former Soviets give a flying shit about Liberty. Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

All I am doing is standing up for the rule of law. I dont believe that makes me a phony patriot... but hey.. its a free country! ;)

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

"All I am doing is standing

"All I am doing is standing up for the rule of law."

No you aren't. The law defines a traitor as one who works with an -enemy-. Your distaste for Russia does not make them an enemy as far as the law is concerned.

What's he supposed to do?

Come back here with his tail between his legs only to be thrown in a dark hole forever? He has to be where he's protected, even if that's in Russia. If he even had a 1% chance in the USA, it may be another story but he doesn't. If he comes home or leaves Russia right now, his life is over.

The Rule of 40,000 Laws, that

The Rule of 40,000 Laws, that is.

oops...

... gasoline on a fire.