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Edward Snowden meeting Amnesty and Human Rights Watch at Moscow airport – live coverage - RT/Guardian

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.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/12/edward-snowden-t...

Live video feed - RT: http://rt.com/on-air/snowden-meeting-rights-lawyers/

Post-meeting live feed - RT: http://rt.com/on-air/

Other links:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/12/edward-s...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/12/us-usa-security-sn...

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/world/americas/us-is-press...



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I'd be stressed too

if the world's bully was seeking my demise. I believe you are absolutely right, gomez.

RT English live post broadcast

Thanks for this

+1.

U.S. media is more interested in the Zimmerman trial.

reading, watching, wondering--

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Thanks for the links.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Me, too. But the headline did

Me, too. But the headline did make me smile..

WSJ video interviews

with Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch

http://stream.wsj.com/story/world-stream/SS-2-44156/SS-2-275...

Putin - Russia is not going to extradite Snowden

RT - “There is one condition if he wants to remain here: he must stop his work aimed at damaging our American partners. As odd as it may sound from me,” Putin told a media conference in Moscow.

In Putin’s opinion, Snowden considers himself “a fighter for human rights” and it seems unlikely that he is going to stop leaking American secret data.

However, Russia is not going to extradite Snowden, the president underlined.

“Russia has never extradited anyone and is not going to do so. Same as no one has ever been extradited to Russia,” Putin stated.

“Snowden, by sincere conviction or for some other reason, considers himself to be a human rights activist, a fighter for the ideals of democracy and human freedom. Russian human rights activists and organizations, as well as their colleagues abroad acknowledge this. For this reason, extraditing Snowden to a country like the US where capital punishment is enforced is impossible,” Peskov explained to press.

http://rt.com/news/snowden-meets-rights-activists-013/

RT video feed - interview with Vladimir Lukin

Russian HR Ambassador - "Snowden feels safe in Russia at the present time."

More from Guardian

He said he felt his living conditions were fine at the airport, she says.

2m ago

He feels safe in the airport but he knows he cannot stay here for ever, she says.

2m ago

Lokshina is saying Snowden is intending to apply for asylum in Russia and then in Latin America.

This is from the Guardian

Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch is being interviewed on Russia TV.

She said Snowden had said he wanted the US to succeed.

Would he stop his activities? There was nothing to stop, because he felt he was not harming the US, she said.

Regarding Putin's assylum conditions

"There is nothing to stop, because he's not harming the United States."

Gurardian - Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch is being interviewed on Russia TV.

She said Snowden had said he wanted the US to succeed.

Would he stop his activities? There was nothing to stop, because he felt he was not harming the US, she said.

Exactly, hes just

Exactly, hes just hurting/exposing the GOVERNMENT of a country, which is a seperate entity, to its people, well, unless the government "extends" the rights of government personel, to ALL the people, which would be chaos, considering what governments around the world deem necessary to grant THEMSELVES

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RT has the worst

camera angle out of all the media there.. wish there was a live link to some of those cameras up front..

Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts

ℛ[ƎVO˩]ution
"When one gets in bed with government,
one must expect the diseases it spreads."
‎"It's not like I'm a powerful person. My ideas are."

ya...but we get to witness it all live...

the cut up close ups will be on all the MSM's later.

yeah, in about a MONTH from

yeah, in about a MONTH from now, on the WEEKDAY, MIDNIGHT news section, for about a minute

Nah, well, its a possibility, but its got a taste of .........obviousnes-ness, if they ignore yet again, another cause for human rights, oh well, the bright side is, we are getting a better understanding on, "just how many JOURNALISTS does america have?"

Someone speaking to the press now...

I think the Russian lawyer (white hair).

Watching the livestream at RT...

does anyone know what is going on? Are they waiting for a snowden statement?

Yes

Snowden has been meeting with Human Rights Watch and is going to give a live statement soon.

Requesting temporary assylum in Russia

Guardian - As mentioned earlier, the Kremlin said previously that Snowden had withdrawn a previous request for asylum in Russia after Vladimir Putin said he would be welcome only if he stopped "his work aimed at bringing harm" to the United States.

If Barry and Lokshina are right, Snowden has now reconsidered this. He seems to be saying that the only way he can guarantee his safety where he is now, before he heads to Latin America, is to gain temporary asylum in Russia.

you beat all the News guys with this info...!!!

....even before the talks were over...!!!

Thankyou for keeping us

Thankyou for keeping us updated

Bump

You're welcome - it's an important development

and thanks for your contributions, too.

you make me

you make me downright....???.....welcomed :) right here, right now, thankyou for the feeling

Live Tweets from NY Times Moscow correspondent

Ellen Barry (for what it's worth) - https://twitter.com/EllenBarryNYT

“There is not a country 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.”

ARROGANT STATEMENT

I'd view such a country with RESPECT

And just to be clear, the government, NOT its people

edit

“If someone thinks things would go away, it won’t be the case,” the official said"

Thinly veiled "threat"

"And just to be clear, the

"And just to be clear, the government, NOT its people"

Just to be doubly clear, a respect for the country that finally stands up to the US government, NOT its people

Their arrogance isn't becoming a "free" nation

Actually, I'm waiting for our resident DP "Snowden is a red herring" folks to chime in. Interesting that the government would take such measures to attempt to silence and inhibit their own red herring. I just don't buy it.

Those guys or gals are to

Those guys or gals are to focused on snowden, rather then the "message" hes bringing

At this point, it doesnt matter if hes a shill, which i dont think, and i wouldnt care if i found out he was, unless in doing so hes being effective in dampenining the "message", HE CREATED

Snowden with Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks

Guardian - Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch sent that picture of Snowden, with Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks on his right.

Snowden looks much the same as he did in his Guardian interviews from Hong Kong, dressed in a similar open-neck shirt, with stubble and glasses, although his hair is a little longer.

Good to see

ES alive, healthy and surrounded by benign community.

Thx for sharing