Snowden granted 1-year temporary asylum in Russia

By Jesse ยท 19 replies
Aug 1, 2013
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  1. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has officially been granted temporary asylum in Russia, reports the Guardian. After camping out in the Moscow airport for over a month, Snowden will finally be able to enter the interior of Russia, his lawyer, Anatoly...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    I wonder what made Russia change their mind. Beside the fact that they've been on the opposite side of every just about every global issue as the US since WWII. Russia is no believer in government transparency, so it's not like they believe in Snowden's cause. I'd guess with Snowden is giving them info on PRISM in return for asylum, or they're just doing it because Russia knows they can push around Obama and he's not going to do anything about it.
  3. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 463   +136

  4. Khanonate

    Khanonate TS Booster Posts: 134   +21

    It's not over until the fat lady squeal " Eeeeekkkk!"
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,665   +1,950

    Russia doesn't have as much obesity problem as in the US :)

    Eeeeeekkkk! :)
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  6. Edward Snowden, is now a paid prostitute for the Russian government. I am expecting him to continue talking about the American government. That is a condition of his one-year employment. The fine print on his contract reads: "Contract will terminate if any negative comments are said against any communist official". I call Edward Snowden: LOWLIFE! sell-out 101. If he had finished high school, he would know that the American System is better than the communist system. He would know that our election system is better than Putin's Russian dictator system.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    It is usually the LowLife that call others LowLife.
  8. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,320   +1,412

    another person who had leaked classifies information was prosecuted recently. He was sentenced to life in prison. I think Russia saw that and said "nope.". Even they can see what we are doing is wrong.
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,665   +1,950

    Even they can see? That's quite condescending. What they really see is the right time and the right way to piss off the US. One must keep american propaganda on the leash at all times, and Russia is the right country to do that.
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  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    I was thinking something along those lines as well.
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  11. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TS Booster Posts: 210   +30

    So he is a traitor going to tell the Russians secrets I guess we knew that all along
  12. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,665   +1,950

    What secrets? His story has been out for a while, nothing more to tell, he is just on the run now, traitor or whistle-blower, or whatever else he is labelled, he is done for. Will retire in Russia to tell his kids how once upon a time he screwed uncle Sam a big one...
  13. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,021   +661

    Unhappily, it does seem as there might be some substance to Snowden's disclosures. Maybe a year or so in Siberia is a good thing for all of us.
  14. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,285   +243

    Lol. snowden "leaks" government secrets for transparency.
    ...was granted temporary asylum by a government whose transparency and legitimacy are questionable.
  15. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    Yea, what a lowlife for wanting the public to know they are being spied on (Alot of people knew already, but it was confirmation)

    That was so SELFISH of him to risk his career/life to let us know.
    Honestly, asylum for him doesnt even matter-apparently the president could have him killed via drone strike if he wanted.
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  16. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Yeah, right... Russia saw Manning get convicted and they thought *gasp* they put him prison for life?!
    Except Manning has been sentenced yet, but that's probably what's coming. This is Russia we're talking about, where if anyone pulled what Snowden or Manning did they'd get a firing squad.

    Vitality has it right... it's the right time and right way to piss off the US. Russia doesn't think PRISM is wrong, they probably think we're fools for not taking it further.
  17. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 463   +136

    Well yes, the war is far from over, but this was a huge battle! Now Snowden can travel freely throughout Russia and now can most likely seek asylum in other countries properly now.
  18. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Seems a little contradictory for a country that jails rock band performers for two years because they sing protest songs about church and state, no?
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

  20. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    Good god, that's one of the worst examples you could have pulled from the news. The "rock band" of three *****ic girls performed a swear-word filled song from the amvon of the main cathedral in Russia. Anything like this done in the US in a church, mosque or a synagogue would have resulted in charges of hate crime slapped on them. If those three girls had done it in front of the church, nothing would have happened to them. But they craved attention and decided to desecrate the holy of holies in Russia. Smart move...

    P.S.: I'm not a church-going man.

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