Snowden Requests Russian Political Asylum

Tyler Durden's picture

While hardly coming as news to anyone who could have read the tea leaves as soon as Snowden boarded the plane from Hong Kong to Moscow, the flashing red headline that the NSA whistleblower has just applied to be Depardieu's neighbor, has just escalated the great US foreign policy snafu that started a month ago with the NSA spying revelations, and has since developed into a huge scandal involving Europe, Russia, China, Hong Kong, and virtually every other country (not to mention US citizens) that the US government is spying on.


And with Putin saying there is no chance he will return Snowden to the US, in response to Obama's demands, suddenly the balance of power shifts to Russia's favor (which by now it is almost certain, knows everything that Snowden does).

Ball is now in Putin's court. Just where he likes it.

From AP:

The Interfax news agency says a Russian consular official has confirmed that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden asked for political asylum in Russia.


Interfax cited Kim Shevchenko, the duty officer at the Russian Foreign Ministry's consular office in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, as saying that Snowden's representative, Sarah Harrison, handed over his request Sunday.


Snowden has been caught in legal limbo in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since his arrival from Hong Kong on June 23. The U.S. has annulled his passport, and Ecuador, where he has hoped to get asylum, has been coy about offering him shelter.


Russia's President Vladimir Putin says Snowden will have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wants to get asylum in Russia, but adds that Snowden has no plan to quit doing so.

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Dull Care's picture

Good move by Snowden.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

While it appears that the US Gov calls him a "double-agent", I believe the pro sports term for this is "free agent".

BaBaBouy's picture

Barak Hussein Has A REAL Wedgie Now ...

Pladizow's picture

For Snowden's sake he better pray Putin doesnt want something from Obummer!

tarsubil's picture

I try not to get into a rage these days but, God forgive me, I made it halfway through that article before the urge to strangle the life out of Marc "sucks Wang" Thiessen became unbearable.

McMolotov's picture

He's the kind of establishment propagandist who would volunteer for a full body cavity search as a way to demonstrate his loyalty to the regime.

Jumbotron's picture

"You don't know how lucky you are boy.....

Back in the U.S...

Back in the U.S...

Back in the U.S.S.R."

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Marc A. Thiessen is a douche

alien-IQ's picture

I've been feeling like that a lot lately...and by lately I mean the last 10 years.

Cult_of_Reason's picture

The strange part about this story is that everything Snowden has revealed so far, I (and millions of others who do not rely on the media for their information) knew about it ten years ago.

I'm perplexed as to why it is such a "shocking" news to so many people.

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

I can't tell if you are seriously perplexed or not.


You do realize that 99% of the populace doesn't believe something is true until Brian williams says it is true.

So while we all "knew" this to be true, most people mocked us either in secret or in our faces.


It's funny (sad) because I have yet to hear anyone at my work talk about these new NSA "revelations" but I've heard at least twenty discussions regarding that guy who crossed the grand canyon on a tightrope.


The World Will Look Up and Shout, “Save Us!” And I’ll Look Down and Whisper, “No!”



Cult_of_Reason's picture

There was a lot of unconstitutional crap slipped into Patriot Act in 2001.

All internet service providers were required by this law to create backdoors, so the government could spy on anyone at any time. This was not covered by MSM in 2001, but in 2013 it is "shocking" news.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I don't feel even .00001% less safe because of Snowden.  Further, I do not accept that the NSA program has jack shit to do with stopping an attack on the U.S.  It is part of a control grid being set up to control We the People.  If these people cared about our safety they wouldn't be invading Middle Eastern countries in order to take their oil and PMs.   Most people, however, are extremely gullible and they believe what you believe.

McMolotov's picture

If Snowden's revelations have compromised this expensive program which was supposedly directed at "external threats," I expect it to be disbanded in the name of budgetary restraint...

Bobbyrib's picture

Don't hold your breath.

fallout11's picture

"....We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently.... We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me." - George Orwell, 1984

Clycntct's picture

You left one thing out.

Stand at attention when you read this!

earleflorida's picture  {Eric Arthur Blaire}

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DaveyJones's picture

I actually feel more safe knowing that our lies are now selling for less and the rest of the world is pissed off and less likely to put up with our shit 

Jack Burton's picture

Rand, you are right about this. The domestic spy program is to track domestic political opposition. To also plant fear among average people and prevent them from joining any opposition movement. It is to secure the Powers That Be in place. The Bankers, Wall-Street, The Military and the Intelligence Forces. They in turn serve corporate interests who can legally bribe American politicians to run a debt slave state.

Look at debt slavery and the police state that enforces it. Yet Americans still support this system by and large! Fed rubbish lies in the corporate media, average people can't get their heads around the nature of the American power system in the year 2013!

CH1's picture

Well said, Jack. Thanks.

trader1's picture

not only for control, but to download ideas and technological innovations from other countries like germany.

after all, information wants to be free....right?

alien-IQ's picture

the last time the Washington Post was engaged in any real investigative journalism, Nixon was still president.

stop reading that trash, it's rotting your mind and making you a coward.

Rusticus's picture

Cunt_of_Reason down arrowed for the Pravda link.

Freddie's picture

The Washington Post has always been a mouth piece and agent for the C*a.   Ben Bradley rushes to Cord Meyer's ex-wife apt after she is killed post JFK murder cause she was sleeping with JFK.  Her ex-husband ran Operation Mockingbird for "The Company."  

The largest shareholder is Buffett. 

It is a shame that Snowden cannot find a safe country.  Iceland would be the best choice but it is not safe for him.

slaughterer's picture

Putin will trade Snowden for 5-6 Russian spies now held capitive in the USA.  

ParkAveFlasher's picture

I was gonna edit my comment, but NSA seems to have shut down the edit function ... again ...

Question for the forum, is this the opening of the floodgates and every classified-access peeon in the MISC (military-industrial-spying-complex) is now making a pro/con list regarding "defection"?

McCain is gonna need a bigger wall!!!!

tarsubil's picture

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ParkAveFlasher's picture

Thanks, I should know that by now!!!

Fuck NSA anyway!!!!


emersonreturn's picture

paf...'...seems to have shut down the edit function ... again...'



my internet provider lost all my emails, gone....when i requested they return the deleted mail, i was informed it was impossible.  when i insisted they provided me 7000 inbox, and 5000 junk mail...all from my deceased spouse's account.  spouse never having used this computer and having left the planet in 2008!

marvels of the web.

Ignatius's picture

Interesting that Putin 'would grant asylum if Snowden stops hurting our US partner'.

More connections at the top than we'll ever know, I suppose.


Kayman's picture

Putin to Russian citizen: "We read your emails because we can."

Obama to U.S. citizen: "We read your emails because it is good for you."

McMolotov's picture

In Soviet America, citizens seek asylum from Russia.

NihilistZero's picture

The United States of America: Economic and Personal Freedom in multi decade downturn.

Russian Federation: Economic and Personal Freedom on multi decade upswing.

Plus hot chicks and a growing (non-financialized) economyabundant natural resources...

Snowden would be making a good move even if he wasn't on the run.

Dull Care's picture

One can never underestimate the importance of the hot devushkas.

sethstorm's picture

Russian Federation: Economic and Personal Freedom on multi decade upswing.

Provided you are part of the nomenklatura.  Otherwise you have less freedom in Russia than the United States.


Midasking's picture

Snowden is a hero and US citizens should demand he gets "Asylum" here in the US!

agent default's picture

Very Stalinist.  9/10  for style.

sethstorm's picture

Bullet in the back of the head is all he would get in the US

At this point, it wouldn't be a bad thing, since that would mean justice for someone that has aided and abetted people that do want to do harm average US citizens (read: not the government).

Then again, just let any good American have a crack at him before he gets locked away.

PhilofOz's picture

"good American"?   No... "brainwashed American".  Wow, so much tough talk! So pathetic the likes of you come across as to the rest of the planet.

Oldballplayer's picture

Daaahhhhh, please Edward.  Come in from the cold.  We will keep you very warm.

Sandmann's picture

Russia has lots of space, lots of computers, and some really hot women. He should have a great time in Russia and he can have a Russian passport. I guess they will have to turn that sign around that pointed to "The Evil Empire"

Cacete de Ouro's picture

for starters Club 911 Moscow, crazy menu

disabledvet's picture

listen. no one likes the Ombudsman in their budding young media empire. trust me...I GET THE FRIGGIN' MEMO. (or is it meme?) having said that WHO CARES! if this guy requests asylum and then has it granted "end of story" move along. in other words YOU NEED TO COME HOME SON.