Edward Snowden meeting Amnesty and Human Rights Watch at Moscow airport – live coverage - RT/GuardianSubmitted by VietVet4Liberty on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 08:27
Guardian - Live Coverage - Snowden is arguing that the US is conducting an “unlawful campaign … to deny my right to seek and enjoy ... asylum under Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” by “threatening” countries around the world, particularly in Latin America.
The New York Times reports today that the US is putting pressure on countries across Latin America to try to ensure they do not take Snowden in.
“There is not a country in the hemisphere whose government does not understand our position at this point,” a senior State Department official focusing on the matter said recently, adding that helping Mr. Snowden “would put relations in a very bad place for a long time to come.”
“If someone thinks things would go away, it won’t be the case,” the official said.
But the NYT says Washington is finding that “its leverage in Latin America is limited just when it needs it most, a reflection of how a region that was once a broad zone of American power has become increasingly confident in its ability to act independently”.
Edward Snowden is to meet representatives from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Transparency International at the airport in Moscow where he is holed up to discuss his next steps forward.
In an email published by Human Rights Watch, the former intelligence agency contractor – whose revelations to the Guardian about US surveillance have caused controversy around the world – also suggests he will make a “brief statement” to the groups. Reuters said Snowden had emailed them separately to say that the meeting would be closed to the press but that the whistleblower would speak to the media later.
The meeting is due to take place at 5pm Moscow time (2pm in London/9am in New York) in Sheremetyevo airport and we’ll be publishing as many details as we can live here.
Live video feed - RT: http://rt.com/on-air/snowden-meeting-rights-lawyers/
Post-meeting live feed - RT: http://rt.com/on-air/
Live Updates from RT: http://rt.com/usa/nsa-leak-snowden-live-updates-482/
NY Times - U.S. Is Pressing Latin Americans to Reject Snowden
CARACAS, Venezuela — The United States is conducting a diplomatic full-court press to try to block Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor, from finding refuge in Latin America, where three left-leaning governments that make defying Washington a hallmark of their foreign policies have publicly vowed to take him in.