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Russia Plans To Extend Edward Snowden's Asylum 315

Posted by Soulskill
from the stay-awhile-and-we'll-listen dept.
mendax writes "The New York Times reports, 'Russia plans to extend its offer of asylum to Edward J. Snowden beyond August, a Russian lawmaker said Friday at the World Economic Forum ... The lawmaker, Aleksei K. Pushkov, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Russia's lower house of Parliament, hinted during a panel discussion that the extension of temporary refugee status for Mr. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, might be indefinite. "He will not be sent out of Russia," Mr. Pushkov said. "It will be up to Snowden."'" Snowden said yesterday that going back to the U.S. is not an option because of the country's poor whistleblower protections "which through a failure in law did not cover national security contractors like [him]." He added, "This is especially frustrating, because it means there’s no chance to have a fair trial, and no way I can come home and make my case to a jury."
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Russia Plans To Extend Edward Snowden's Asylum

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  • by unixisc (2429386) on Friday January 24, 2014 @07:25PM (#46062555)
    .... and end this saga! Give him a home in the Sakha Republic - that place will get populated
  • by Dahamma (304068) on Friday January 24, 2014 @07:28PM (#46062587)

    whistle blows you!

  • by pellik (193063)
    Engineer is spy.
  • failure in law (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 24, 2014 @07:32PM (#46062633)

    Nope, that law does exactly was it's supposed to do - protect the guilty.

  • by MrEricSir (398214) on Friday January 24, 2014 @07:43PM (#46062735) Homepage

    The thing you have to understand here is that Putin is an authoritarian douchebag -- but he's not an idiot. He knows that there will be extra scrutiny on his polices during the Olympics. By having Snowden around, it's a reminder that the US isn't in a position to finger-wag over such things.

  • by schwit1 (797399) on Friday January 24, 2014 @07:50PM (#46062795)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01... [nytimes.com]

    His response should be "you first".

  • by Geste (527302) on Friday January 24, 2014 @07:59PM (#46062861)

    First, I'll stipulate that Snowden is a hero to me. Half my age. Twenty times the guts.

    What really bothers me, though, is how the Administration bungled this. Amateur hour! The moment we arrogantly, petulantly forced Evo Morales airplane down in Austria, we pretty much guaranteed that Snowden would need to hole up and that Putin would take the opportunity to stick us in the eye. This is beyond amazing. We've put ourselves in the position where a vicious thug gets to posture as the nice guy and leave us with very little to do. We are depending on a thug to protect the fate and future of a man who initiated one of the most important discussions in our nation's political history. All because we couldn't think straight and realize that Ecuador or Venezuela or *anywhere" would be a batter outcome than what we got.

    It's one thing to get poked in the eye with a stick, but quite another thing to run into the stick full tilt. Amateur hour.

    • by denis-The-menace (471988) on Friday January 24, 2014 @08:47PM (#46063189)

      Putin might be a thug but in America thug in government are a plenty.

      Until a critical mass of corrupt politicians and their conspirators die off or a revolution occurs, there will be no whistleblower laws.

      Government corruption is best measured on how bad whistleblower laws are in that country.

    • We've put ourselves in the position where a vicious thug gets to posture as the nice guy and leave us with very little to do. We are depending on a thug to protect the fate and future of a man who initiated one of the most important discussions in our nation's political history.

      Before I comment, I need to clarify that I am an American citizen, a naturalized citizen since I wasn't born in the United States of America.

      It is true that Russia is a thug. And it is true that right now, as we correspond on /. the fate of the conscience of the nation of the United States of America rests on the decision of the Russian thug.

      However, if we take a step backward, we can see that the government of the United States of America has become a thug itself, and a thug that is not unlike that notorio

    • by lophophore (4087)

      Putin stuck Obama in the eye. He thinks Obama is an amateur, a lightweight, and he is correct. Putin is a KGB spymaster, Obama is a "community organizer."

      This will not be the last time he poke Obama in the eye. Trust me. Ol' Vladimir is not a nice man, but he is not a stupid man. He knows an easy mark when he sees one.

  • Chris Hadfield (recent tweeting/singing Canadian Commander of ISS) has some very encouraging words to say about Russia and Russians. I think myself that Snowden *will* have to stay there and that the Russians were decent to extend his stay, virtually indefinitely. Snowden I think is a loyal American and would like to return home, but the USA with pronouncements and anima pointed against him at this point are not likely to let him return. At least, not when Manning is in jail.
  • I wouldn't be surprise if Snowden attempts to make contact w/US participants in Sochi.

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