There's still something wrong with this whole story. All of it...
Despite all the international "outrage," it seems the game plan that gets everyone off the hook is to make it impossible for him to be granted asylum anywhere. Ca'n't stay here! Ca'n't stay here!
This way you don't have any country helping or (technically) hindering him. Now everyone can continue to pretend outrage, claim to abide by international law and treaty - and most importantly, not force a showdown with the Obama administration
or the United States government. (Note: I consider these to be two separate
governments at this point.)
The end result will be Snowden will eventually return (or be returned) to the United States hoping to tell his full story in an open court.
That will never
be allowed to happen.
At best, he'll wind up in front of some "special court" that deals with national security issues in a closed session, from which will emerge a heavily redacted and thoroughly 'slanted' series of "news" releases that will serve to convey the message that:
- Snowden is either a traitor - or a delusional megalomaniac at best
- whisleblowers, as a class, are not to be trusted
- the concerns about any real and/or potential abuses of government surveillance systems are greatly exaggerated
- this is all for your protection
- we really need to have more trust our "elected government"
- and just to allay any other concerns, some toothless additional safeguards and purely token review processes will be implemented going forward
Next, the mainstream media will do it's part to show Snowden to be a genuine threat to national security (Fox/CBS) - or
- a misguided fool who caused irreparable harm to the US irrespective of his alleged good intentions (CNN/NBC). Possibly public television will also do one of it's usual "say nothing controversial or critical of the government" special reports where two dozen experts all weigh in and cancel each other's opinion out.
After which Mr. Snowden will disappear into some remote US federal "supermax" isolation unit
such as ADX Florence
for the rest of his life and mostly be forgotten. Not that it will matter much since the deprivation regimen a prisoner endures while being held in such a facility pretty much guarantees the average detainee's mind and spirit will be completely broken (by design) in less than 5 years.
Amazing how advances in the study of human psychology have brought about such a humane and effective penal system in the United States beginning around 1980. More on that here