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NSA leaker possibly seeks asylum in several countries

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:08 a.m. HST, Jun 24, 2013

WASHINGTON » WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has possibly applied for asylum in other countries besides Ecuador.

Assange says he cannot go into detail about Snowden's whereabouts except to say that he is safe.

Snowden left Hong Kong Sunday to travel to Ecuador through Moscow and other points to avoid extradition to the U.S. He is facing espionage charges stemming from his disclosure of U.S. surveillance programs that collect phone records and online data in the name of foreign intelligence.

Snowden was not on a flight to Cuba today as expected. Ecuador says it is considering its asylum requests.

Ecuador granted Assange asylum last year. Assange is staying at the country's embassy in England to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning about sex crime allegations.

Assange's lawyer has said Snowden does not have many options for asylum.

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bender wrote:
I thought Snowden was a man of principals. If so, then he should man up and face the charges. Or is he only principaled when he sees fit. Who would want to give him asylum anyway. He doesn't have any means to support himself so the host country would have to foot the bill.
on June 24,2013 | 05:20AM
Kapakahi wrote:
Your insistence a "principled" whistle-blower would turn themselves into federal authorities relies upon a belief the Feds would treat Snowden fairly. Sorry. That view ignores recent history. When it can claim "national security," the Feds, under bot Republican and Democratic presidents, break the rules and are ruthless. That is kinda the point here. The government you seem to think of a trustworthy feels free to lie and violate rights on a wholesale basis.

So far, I think Snowden has behaved bravely and admirably. The US spy agencies and politicians, not so good. I wish him Godspeed.

on June 24,2013 | 07:48AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Funny how this man of principals turns up in places like China and Russia -- America's best buddies.
on June 24,2013 | 08:04AM
RichardCory wrote:
So a man of principles (not "principals" -- learn to spell) should turn himself to face mock charges in a kangaroo court? That's rich. And you're quite naive if you think someone of Snowden's technological prowess is going to be a drain on any nation's resources and be unable to support himself. We live in an international society. As long as he has internet access, a man of his capabilities will be able to find work.
on June 24,2013 | 12:39PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Snowden might end up in North Korea. Then when Dennis Rodman visits his fat buddy, they can play some h o r s e.
on June 24,2013 | 08:03AM
2disgusted2 wrote:
Thanks! Needed the laugh for the day!
on June 24,2013 | 11:37AM
kuroiwaj wrote:
Outstanding that Mr. Snowden can remain free with support from Countries not friendly with the current Obama Administration. Until Congress, with support from the Obama Administration, begin amending the current Whistler Blower Law, the United States will witness more and more Americans like Mr. Snowden. Actions such as Mr. Snowden becomes the only recourse. Our Whistler Blower Law is broken and the process is a big joke. Go take a look at it.
on June 24,2013 | 10:52AM
2disgusted2 wrote:
Wonder why he did what he did? He sais his motive was to expose mod of the spying.. But that's no motive.. What is his real motive?
on June 24,2013 | 11:36AM
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