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Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow - July 1, 2013

Via Wikileaks:

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.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden

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I always get a feeling that

I always get a feeling that biden is never an inocent......in anything, the guy rubs me the wrong way, in a, "smart", Bush, kinda way

Well done on snowden for calling out their hypocrasy....they say one thing, do another, then fall back on good 'old, justifying.......AGAIN

no bitterness... no guile...

Honor this man... he deserves no less than the BEST from those who love Liberty.

http://youtu.be/lEOOZDbMrgE

Individuality

Commenting "leaving me a stateless person," you should be so lucky! No disrespect intended, am I right fellow Anarchists?

yeah, honestly that is a great point

thx for bringing that up.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Wow

Yet another David vs. Goliath moment.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Snowden stuck his finger the

Snowden stuck his finger the president and vice president's eye at the same time. Nice.

meekandmild's picture

bump

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