The reported actions of France, Portugal and Spain this night will live in infamy.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)
As we mentioned just now, the plane belonging to Bolivian President Evo Moraleswas re-routed to Austria due to suspicions it was also transporting NSA leaker Edward Snowden out of Russia, from where it departed. Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca denied that Snowden was on the flight, but this tweet from Wikileaks condemning France, Portugal and Spain for denying use of their airspace does seem rather suggestive, doesn’t it? (Snowden issued a statement critical of the Obama administration through Wikileaks yesterday.)
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.Edward Snowden, calling out the Obama administration for trying to block his asylum. Oh, and he made his statement through Wikileaks.
As the HKSA Government has yet to have sufficient information to process the request for provisional warrant of arrest, there is no legal basis to restrict Mr Snowden from leaving Hong Kong… Meanwhile, the HKSAR Government has formally written to the US Government requesting clarification on earlier reports about the hacking of computer systems in Hong Kong by US government agencies.A press release from Hong Kong on the departure of Edward Snowden. Apparently, US requests that Snowden be arrested “did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law,” so HK asked for “additional information,” which they never received. By Hong Kong’s account, the US essentially failed to fill out the proper paperwork, and thus let Snowden slip from its fingers. It’ll probably be a while until we know whether this account of events is true, but that reference at the end to Snowden’s allegation that the US is hacking Hong Kong computers seems just a bit intentionally combative, doesn’t it? source
#BREAKING: Snowden has requested asylum in Ecuador: foreign minister— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) June 23, 2013
The Government of Ecuador has received an asylum request from Edward J. #Snowden— Ricardo Patiño Aroca (@RicardoPatinoEC) June 23, 2013
That’s the Ecuadorian foreign minister on the bottom. So does this mean Snowden isn’t going to Cuba or Venezuela anymore? Or perhaps he is going to land in one of those countries, but only en route to Ecuador? And what happened to Iceland? This already-fascinating story is getting moreso by the hour. Also, we spent far too many hours playing and watching “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?" as kids, so in a sense, we’ve been preparing for this story for the last twenty years.
Everything is ready on our side and the plane could take off tomorrow…Now we are only awaiting a response from the [Icelandic] government.Wikileaks-allied businessman Olafur Sigurvinsson, on efforts to obtain political asylum for Edward Snowden. Apparently, Julian Assange and Sigurvinsson have contracted a plane to take Snowden from Hong Kong to Iceland. An Icelandic official confirmed that the country has had “informal talks” with a Snowden intermediary about the possibility of his asylum, but it’s uncertain if it will actually grant it to him. While the country has a reputation for housing whistleblowers and journalists, some suspect that the newly-formed conservative coalition in the government may not feel as bound by this tradition as its predecessors. source
We are in touch with [Edward] Snowden frequently, and we are involved in the process of brokering his asylum in Iceland.Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, in a press conference earlier this week. Perhaps Assange—who’s still holed up in London’s Ecuadorian embassy after more than a year—will be able to work out a comfier arrangement for Snowden than he has for himself. source
He was selective. He had access to literally hundreds of millions of documents as an all-source analyst, and these were the documents that he released…because he was hoping to make the world a better place.Attorney David Coombs • Defending his client, Pfc. Bradley Manning, from U.S. Army prosecutor Capt. Joe Morrow, who claimed the young soldier “systematically” leaked information he knew would endanger the lives of his fellow soldiers. Pfc. Manning’s trial began on Monday, more than three years after his arrest back in May 2010, and the proceedings are expected to last up to 12 weeks. source