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Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage.

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And as we talk about games: Biden asks Ecuador president to nix Snowden asylum

Note this quoted part:
At the same time, Correa rebuked the Obama administration for hypocrisy, invoking the case of two bankers, brothers Roberto and William Isaias, whom Ecuador is seeking to extradite from the U.S.

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Where's the victim, again?  As a passingly famous Frenchman said when that particular country was on top, “We are either kings or pawns of men”

As an aside, I do believe this is one of the reasons that Snowden is still where he is.  Let the so-called kings play their games, and watch.  The waiting game won't serve him forever, but better to wait for a while than make yourself a pawn.

The next move has been made: WikiLeaks: Snowden requests asylum

And a statement from the man himself.

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden

Monday 1st July 2013

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The next move has been made: WikiLeaks: Snowden requests asylum-wraith808 (July 01, 2013, 11:24 PM)
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Is that a geo-locked site?

I just get this:

The next move has been made: WikiLeaks: Snowden requests asylum-wraith808 (July 01, 2013, 11:24 PM)
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Is that a geo-locked site?

I just get this:
-4wd (July 01, 2013, 11:47 PM)
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I don't think so, I couldn't get it either. I'm betting they moved it!

Try this copy from the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:

Wow, it's an eye-opener how easily European countries can be cowed into compliance by the US, despite the synthetic outrage about being spied upon...

Bolivia has accused European countries of an "act of aggression" for refusing to allow its presidential jet into their airspace, amid suggestions US fugitive Edward Snowden was on board.

Bolivia said France, Portugal, Spain and Italy had blocked the plane from flying over their territory.

It was diverted to Vienna where it was reportedly searched.
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This is incredible... How does this work? Was that simply legal compliance with some Interpol request or some behind-the-scenes political arm-twisting? I thought France didn't even have an extradition treaty with the US, so what was the big deal about letting a presidential plane pass through its airspace, even if it might have had a fugitive on board who France etc. have nothing to do with?


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