Whistleblower Edward Snowden escapes from Hong Kong to Moscow on a commercial flight despite a formal US extradition request.
In a move that appeared to bewilder the White House, Snowden was allowed to flee Hong Kong on Sunday morning and head to Moscow on a commercial flight despite a formal request from the US to have the 30-year-old detained and extradited to face espionage charges for a series of leaks about the National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s spy centre, GCHQ, the Guardian reports.
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Kapila / June 24, 2013
Edward Snowden is a great guy and truly a man with moral conscience and high level of idealism is a corrupt world. Wish more people would do what he has done.
These are interesting times in the world and questions about global governance and who sets the rules arise also from the Assange cases: State and politicians who have set the rule so long are the biggest VIOLATORS of international norms today.
In Sri Lanka and internationally there needs to be a CODE OF CONDUCT FOR POLITICIANS AND HEADS OF STATE in the global and national interest – which the nasty and corrupt politicians must before they are allowed to hold office.
Cf. Owing to WikiLeaks’ own circumstances, we have developed significant expertise in international asylum and extradition law, associated diplomacy and the practicalities in these matters. I have great personal sympathy for Ed Snowden’s position. WikiLeaks absolutely supports his decision to blow the whistle on the mass surveillance of the world’s population by the US government.”
Amarasiri / June 25, 2013
VICTORS of the Second Great Colonial War, aka WW II, enjoying the Freedom of the Victors.
Had the Christian Nazis and the Buddhist Japanese Won, they would have enjoyed similar freedoms.
JimSofty / June 24, 2013
For years, I knew, what I am writing in my computer and what I am talking to my my phone are going through their ears and machines.
So, This guy did not tell anything new.
Only thing is it became public now.
JimSofty / June 24, 2013
He just escaped life time of mental torture and death.
Maghribi / June 24, 2013
WoW, Russia enforcing the Yankee’s fourth amendment on behalf of the people. Hats off to Hongkong for standing up to the bully.
len / June 25, 2013
Good on Eddy Snowhite he picked a country a beacon for human rights and freedom with zero corruption and nepotism most benevolent humane leader in the planet to get away from the evil West.Where else in the world self riches can go for freedom maybe Cuba, Venezuela, China.Soon he will have your new found self-riches accused rapist Assange[might I say in his defence he was set up by dictators in the western countries] to keep company.
gamini / June 25, 2013
Is it that the Zionists who are running every country through the Americans, for the last forty to fifty years are losing their grip as Nature determines that nothing is permanent.
len / June 26, 2013
So the Zionist run the world through America and rag tag beaten to pulp almost eradicated remnant of hand full of LTTE losers & Tamil Diaspora who are categorised by some Sinhalese as toilet cleaners running the West to destroy Sri Lanka make whole lot of sense.
Maghribi. / June 25, 2013
Edward Snowden knows what it means to speak truth in a jurisdiction that is not immediately obedient to Obomber. America’s despotism has turned the world upside down so that China and Russia are the protectors of free speech and transparency. Their motives are self-interested, of course, but this is true of any government. The most America could do was to revoke Snowden’s passport and sputter demands that no country allow him to enter.
ONE / June 26, 2013
Some 739 military bases worldwide does the talk all the time.
Free guns for them not others.Americas largest export item arms and ammunition and last year $86 billion topping the exporters where Russia the second is nowhere near.
Candidly / June 26, 2013
I wonder if the USA’s and UK’s surveillance of the world’s email and telephone connections will come in for scrutiny at future meetings of the UN Human Rights Commission? Somehow I doubt it.