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Ecuador says #Snowden asylum safe conduct pass not valid


Ecuador's diplomatic mission in London issued a safe-conduct pass so National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden could travel to Ecuador to seek political asylum, but the action was unauthorized and the pass is invalid, government officials said Thursday. ....

[T]hey scrambled to explain a single-page, unsigned letter dated June 22 that says Snowden has the right to travel to Ecuador for purposes of political asylum, and asks other countries to allow him safe passage. The letter was published by the Univision television network Wednesday night.

Secretary of Political Management Betty Tola told a news conference the safe-conduct pass "has no validity and is the exclusive responsibility of the person who issued it."

Another government official said that while the document is authentic, it was issued without approval from the Foreign Ministry or other officials in the capital and thus has no legal power. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

Tola told reporters that Snowden's asylum application hadn't been processed because he was not in Ecuador as required by law.

That's some catch.

[Tola] also threatened legal action against whoever had leaked [Not a leak, surely?] the document. She and other officials offered no further details about his case.

An unsigned letter? Huh? How does that happen? But no wonder Snowden didn't board that flight!

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Submitted by jo6pac on

the game goes on. I think he should ask Cuba and go there. It has get beaches and seafood and has easy access for people to come and visit unless you're an Amerikan. The draw back would being invited FC place and have to listen to him for yrs on end;)

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Submitted by albrt on

This piece raises some good points.

We know the U.S. government doesn't pay fair, but it's worth remembering the other folks play even less fair. I hope Snowden understood that and can figure out some options, and who knows if he is in Russia at all.

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Hey, we're very restricted in the time we can listen to any news lately. So maybe I'm "missing a lot."

But from everything that I've heard, it seems to me that the mainstream corporatist media is intending to "inflame" public opinion against Snowden, partly by constantly implying that he has "probably" (and they offer no proof) leaked all kinds of top secret information to China and Russia. I consider this to be just US propaganda (again, since they offer absolutely no proof--just speculation).

As for this out-of-context remark, "“He’s a kid, I really think he’s a kid, I think he never anticipated this would be such a big matter in Hong Kong,” Albert Ho, Snowden's Hong Kong-based lawyer."

Actually, don't have time to reread the NYT piece, but if I recall correctly, that comment also had to do with Ho's observation "that Snowden preferred Pepsi over wine."

Look, not saying that there is no truth to the observation that some of the intelligence agencies have accessed his computers.

But considering the "tone" of the reporting that we've heard, and the fact that no one presents concrete evidence, I'm very circumspect of everything I hear in the American media. Period.

I don't recall the American MSM here referring to George Herbert Walker Bush as the "Head Spook of the CIA." (which he was). Yet, almost every reference that I've seen to Putin, breathlessly throws in his "former KGB Colonel status."

BTW, Mr A thought that he heard something about Venezuela offering him asylum--anybody heard this lately?

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Submitted by jo6pac on

The only problem I have with this hit piece it is crop. yahuuu news it just like all the others we were told by unnamed sources which only Amerikan govt./media can use and it's OK to believe them.

“That stuff is gone,” a former senior U.S. intelligence official who served in Russia told The Washington Post. “I guarantee the Chinese intelligence service got their hands on that right away. If they imaged the hard drives and then returned them to him, well, then the Russians have that stuff now.”

Is he even in Russia and who to say if he even took the laptops in question with him. I think he's a hell of lot smarter than that it would have been easier to UPS them somewhere in the world before he became news. Then there was this rumor right in the beginning were one former cia field person had worked with him for a short time in Europe and said Ed does know a little field craft. We can expect to see these hit pieces for ever. I'm just saying. If you have time this was fun.

Submitted by lambert on

Snowden strikes me as pretty sharp. If I were him I would have encrypted it and uploaded it to multiple secure sites (same as the "Dead Man's Switch" concept) and left nothing of value on the laptops at all. Sure, he'd be vulnerable to torture for the passwords, but that's hardly likely to happen (unless the US gets him of course). Plan B would be to encrypt it on the laptops. Whichever, it's not a matter of the Russians or anybody else sucking all the data out and saying "Oh, let's read this!"

And it's not all that unusual to travel with four laptops: I myself travel with at least two, a sysadmin I know travels with three (OS X, Windows, linux), and if you're travelling with three, why the heck not carry a fourth for insurance?

Submitted by lambert on

1. Yes, Snowden can get asylum "in a day" according to the Ecuadorian (?) foreign minister today. That's not what we heard yesterday, but he (the minister) claims to have been misquoted.

2. However, Snowden must be on Ecuadorian soil to get asylum. (Note that an embassy is foreign soil.)

3. So he needs a pass of some sort to get to Ecuadorian soil.

4. But right now he has no identity, his passport having been cancelled. (Or so we think!!!)