Obama Blocks Snowden’s Asylum
Saturday, July 13, 2013
On July 12, Russia Today (RT) headlined “US ‘blocks my asylum:’ Snowden human rights activists to airport meeting,” saying:
Snowden remains stuck. He’s in limbo. He’s at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. He’s in its transit area. A source told Interfax he’ll meet with human rights organizations late Friday.
Airport spokeswoman Anna Zakharenkova said she “can confirm that such a meeting will take place.”
Snowden invited a UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Transparency International and Poland’s Krido Legal. Moscow officials weren’t asked to come.
Russia’s human rights commissioner Vladimir Lukin said he’s willing to meet with Snowden. “I want to hear him out and then think what should be done,” he said.
I think international organizations should take up this question. Snowden now is clearly in the situation of being a refugee from his country.
He “wishes to express his thoughts on the US campaign for his capture that has put other passengers heading to Latin America at risk as a result.”