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Snowden Gets Temporary Asylum in Russia, Leaves Airport
Wall Street Journal ^

Posted on 08/01/2013 5:13:57 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Snowden Gets Temporary Asylum in Russia, Leaves Airport

By PAUL SONNE

MOSCOW—National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has received asylum for a year in Russia and has left Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, his lawyer said on Thursday.

NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, says the U.S. has left him "stateless". Is that the case? What happens when the U.S. revokes an American's passport? How often does that happen? How do you renounce your citizenship? WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer.

Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer who has been representing Mr. Snowden in Moscow, said the U.S. fugitive received so-called "temporary asylum" for a period of one year that allows him to remain and live on Russian territory. Temporary asylum is usually issued in Russia for renewable one-year periods.

The 30-year-old former national security contractor, who is wanted by U.S. authorities for leaking documents related to the NSA's foreign and domestic surveillance operations, left Sheremetyevo Airport after spending more than a month stuck in the transit zone, Mr. Kucherena said in a brief interview with The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

"I already escorted him out of the airport into a taxi,

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: airport; asylum; edwardsnowden; leaker; nsa; russia; snowden; temporary

1 posted on 08/01/2013 5:13:57 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Lot of exploring to do...


2 posted on 08/01/2013 6:27:16 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: Sub-Driver

I love seeing Putin embarrass Obama. I never imagined that I would side with a Russian president over an American president, but then I never imagined someone like Obama could ever get elected.


3 posted on 08/01/2013 6:48:37 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Sub-Driver

This has fortified my suspicions that Snowden is a Russian spy. Regardless of whether or not the NSA did or did not have the right to do what they did Russia wants to embarass us. He’s given plenty of aid and comfort to our enemies.


4 posted on 08/01/2013 7:03:46 AM PDT by Almondjoy
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To: Sub-Driver
"I already escorted him out of the airport into a taxi,"

That could be good....or very, very bad for Snowden.

Just sayin'.......

A few days ago, it was reported that he was definitely in Venezuela or thereabouts.

5 posted on 08/01/2013 7:36:32 AM PDT by hummingbird (THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS by Mark Levin. He has a great plan!)
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To: ilovesarah2012
I love seeing Putin embarrass Obama.

You and tens of millions of other REAL Americans.

He's not embarrassing America, but Obama. A universe of difference.

6 posted on 08/01/2013 7:50:18 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Putin does have a useful idiot in Snowden.
7 posted on 08/01/2013 9:11:43 AM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Almondjoy

Precisely. Conservatives are going to look foolish for championing Snowden. History will not look well on the conservative movement. Reminiscent of how badly the isolationists looked in the GOP prior to 911.


8 posted on 08/01/2013 9:13:22 AM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Sam Gamgee
I wonder if this was forty years ago if Snowden’s relatives would be held in some compound rather than be allowed to justify and cheer him on TV?
I don't get why TV gives these relatives of theirs the time of day?
Also, I get the exposing of a program, but not the giving of the content to Russia.
IMO I am surprised the guy was allowed to live after day 1.
9 posted on 08/01/2013 9:15:43 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

10 posted on 08/01/2013 9:17:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Almondjoy

Who are our “enemies”? I don’t think they are the same as the NSA’s “enemies,”


11 posted on 08/01/2013 9:18:22 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ilovesarah2012

Ya think the government illegally monitoring, seizing records, tapping phones, illegally using the IRS to harass and intimidate while hacking computers of the law abiding, only began with this corrupt administration?


12 posted on 08/01/2013 9:21:14 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Sam Gamgee; Almondjoy
Conservatives are going to look foolish for championing Snowden. History will not look well on the conservative movement

Not look well through the spying eyes of corrupt government?

Ya think we should be championing an all corrupt all controlling government who are illegally monitoring, wire tapping, and seizing private records of the American law abiding citizens?

Gezuz....

13 posted on 08/01/2013 9:28:04 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: A CA Guy

I don’t know if he is a traitor, but sure as hell don’t see him as a hero.


14 posted on 08/01/2013 9:32:46 AM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: dragnet2
Well, one, that doesn't make Snowden a hero. And two, if the government is collecting metadata to keep us safe, what exactly is the problem?
15 posted on 08/01/2013 9:33:41 AM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Sam Gamgee
And two, if the government is collecting metadata to keep us safe,

You mean like they kept us "safe" in Boston?

16 posted on 08/01/2013 9:34:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

We don’t know how many terror plots this information has saved us from.


17 posted on 08/01/2013 9:37:41 AM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Sam Gamgee

Well the Russians warned them about the Boston attack....that doesn’t speak well as to their abilities....they seem more concerned with going after tea partiers than our real enemies.


18 posted on 08/01/2013 9:39:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sam Gamgee
Conservatives are going to look foolish for championing Snowden. History will not look well on the conservative movement

Not look well through the spying eyes of corrupt government?

Ya think we should be championing an all corrupt all controlling government who are illegally monitoring, wire tapping, and seizing private records of the American law abiding citizens?

Well, one, that doesn't make Snowden a hero. And two, if the government is collecting metadata to keep us safe, what exactly is the problem?

What's the problem?

Lets see if you will answer legitimate questions in response to your comment.

1. Did I suggested he is a hero?

2. You think corrupt government is illegally spying on law abiding Americans to keep us safe?

3. If government is concerned with our safety, why has the government been aiding and abetting an illegal invasion our our country for the past 30 years?

4. If government is concerned with out safety, why has the govenrment been selling off America while borrowing trillions from the Communist?

I have many more questions for ya, but you can start by answering these.

19 posted on 08/01/2013 9:42:20 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: fwdude
He's not embarrassing America, but Obama. A universe of difference.

So do you really think China and Russia have bent over backwards to help Snowden merely because he embarassed Obama?

20 posted on 08/01/2013 9:43:18 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: Sam Gamgee

Since you say government is spying on law abiding Americans to keep us safe, do you support government going door to door searching homes of the law abiding?


21 posted on 08/01/2013 9:44:50 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: 0.E.O
So do you really think China and Russia have bent over backwards to help Snowden merely because he embarassed Obama?

They want to oppose everything Obama stands for, and so, I'd say yes.

22 posted on 08/01/2013 9:45:51 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Almondjoy
[This has fortified my suspicions that Snowden is a Russian spy.]

It's very possible. Snowden said he became disillusioned with the CIA while working for them under diplomatic cover in Switzerland about six years ago. He was stationed in Geneva where he would have come into possible contact with others in the diplomatic community including Russians. He may have been recruited by the Russians at that time and steered toward employment with the NSA.

Snowden left the U.S. and made his first revelations in the Guardian just a few days before Obama was scheduled to meet with the Chinese head of state. At that meeting Obama was supposed to confront Hu Jintao about Chinese cyber attacks on the U.S. Just before that meeting Snowden publicly claimed that the U.S. had conducted cyber espionage against China.

While Snowden was in Hong Kong Putin reached out to him through the news media offering him refuge in Russia. I think this entire event may have been a charade orchestrated by the Russians to embarrass Obama and create controversy and public paranoia in the U.S. However, prior to Snowden’s public declarations he may have supplied the Russians with priceless information on the NSA and CIA.

23 posted on 08/01/2013 9:45:54 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Sam Gamgee

Since you say government is spying on law abiding Americans to keep us safe, do you support government opening, reading and coping all mail delivery?


24 posted on 08/01/2013 9:46:55 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Since you say government is spying on law abiding Americans to keep us safe please answer the following:

1. Do you support government opening, reading and coping all mail delivery?

2. Are the borders intentionally left unsecured during war time to keep us safe?

3. If government is concerned with our safety, why has the government been aiding and abetting an illegal invasion our our country for the past 30 years?

4. If government is concerned with out safety, why has the govenrment been selling off America while borrowing trillions from the Communist?

5. Do you support government going door to door searching homes of the law abiding?


25 posted on 08/01/2013 9:50:13 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Sam Gamgee

Since you say government is spying on law abiding Americans to keep us safe please answer the following:

1. Do you support government opening, reading and coping all mail delivery?

2. Are the borders intentionally left unsecured during war time to keep us safe?

3. If government is concerned with our safety, why has the government been aiding and abetting an illegal invasion our our country for the past 30 years?

4. If government is concerned with out safety, why has the govenrment been selling off America while borrowing trillions from the Communist?

5. Do you support government going door to door searching homes of the law abiding?


26 posted on 08/01/2013 9:50:33 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Sam Gamgee

Since you say government is spying on law abiding Americans to keep us safe please answer the following:

1. Do you support government opening, reading and coping all mail delivery?

2. Are the borders intentionally left unsecured during war time to keep us safe?

3. If government is concerned with our safety, why has the government been aiding and abetting an illegal invasion our our country for the past 30 years?

4. If government is concerned with out safety, why has the govenrment been selling off America while borrowing trillions from the Communist?

5. Do you support government going door to door searching homes of the law abiding?

6. If government is trying keep us safe, why is government constantly attempting to disarm law abiding Americans in every way imaginable?


27 posted on 08/01/2013 9:56:43 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Sam Gamgee

Looks like Sammy ran for the tall grass...

When ya get back, I have a few dozen more questions for ya Sammy.


28 posted on 08/01/2013 10:00:58 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Sam Gamgee

I was going to post a witty reply, but it looks like you’re too busy working on gaining the ire of everyone else on this thread, so I’ll just watch.


29 posted on 08/01/2013 10:05:06 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: fwdude
They want to oppose everything Obama stands for, and so, I'd say yes.

Then I think you're being naive. China and Russia aren't doing this out of the goodness of their hearts and the chance to laugh at Obama. They were paid in the only currency Snowden had; information on our intelligence activities directed at them. Emnbarassing Obama alone wouldn't have gotten him out of Hong Kong.

30 posted on 08/01/2013 10:08:03 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: Sam Gamgee

When obama is charged with treason and Holder is prosecuted for contempt of congress, then I’ll turn on Snowden.

Snoden said his biggest fear was nothing being done about it. His biggest fear has come true.


31 posted on 08/01/2013 11:36:24 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: dragnet2

How is what the government doing any different than the NSA spying under GW Bush?


32 posted on 08/01/2013 4:16:57 PM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: dragnet2

I don’t disagree with you on immigration. My question is what is the problem with collecting metadata?


33 posted on 08/01/2013 4:17:44 PM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Sam Gamgee

1) The people in charge.
2) Their motives.
3) Ask (Rep.) James Sensenbrenner, author of the original Patriot Act.

Lord knows there are areas where I disagree with Sensenbrenner, but the man does know what the laws he’s authored are all about.


34 posted on 08/01/2013 5:17:19 PM PDT by Paul R. (We are in a break in an Ice Age. A brief break at that...)
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To: Paul R.

Incidentally, there’s an excellent article in the July, 2013 issue of “Wired” magazine, about the NSA, it’s activities and capabilities, etc. It should be required reading (at least for every citizen who can understand it.) Anyone who thinks these capabilities will not be turned inward someday, if they are not already, is just plain naive.


35 posted on 08/01/2013 5:28:08 PM PDT by Paul R. (We are in a break in an Ice Age. A brief break at that...)
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To: dragnet2

The NSA has been spying on Americans forever. Have you not done your homework? This has been going on with consent from both parties.

Here is a different way to look at it. Everyone has that family member that they have a difficult time getting along with, however, when a outside force trys to inflict some kind of pain on them you often react with nothing but love and support for that family member, sort of like brothers that beat each other up but nobody else is allowed to touch them.

Snowden is a coward giving comfort to our enemies, this is the kind of issue that should of been handled inside our government, or at least by Snowden on our soil giving up generalities rather than how it was getting done. He’s no hero, and like I said it’s easy to imagine being a Russian spy to get us involved in beating up our own brothers rather than looking at the non family member that wants to kill us.


36 posted on 08/01/2013 8:03:03 PM PDT by Almondjoy
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37 posted on 08/01/2013 8:08:18 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Sam Gamgee

Who takes a thumb drive with information? That is where he crossed the line. He could have spoken out without top secret information in hand IMO.

He is like a spy or worse, though he would have been OK with me if he just spoke out and didn’t take a thumb drive.


38 posted on 08/01/2013 8:37:48 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Sam Gamgee

You evaded all the questions...

Answer all the questions and we can continue..


39 posted on 08/02/2013 8:44:48 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Almondjoy
Here is a different way to look at it. Everyone has that family member that they have a difficult time getting along with, however, when a outside force trys to inflict some kind of pain on them you often react with nothing but love and support for that family member, sort of like brothers that beat each other up but nobody else is allowed to touch them.

So you're like a child of big loving, all caring government Ms. joy...Government is like your parents...All one big happy family!

And they have to bug your phones, computer and seize your records to keep you safe and coddle you...

It's all because government loves you and supports you Ms. joy.

Have you thought about having your straight jacket loosened?

40 posted on 08/02/2013 9:05:35 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: fwdude

Yep.


41 posted on 08/02/2013 7:01:44 PM PDT by Prole
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To: Sam Gamgee

Because the NSA and other alphabet soup organizations are no lomger used to “keep us safe” as much as they are being used to control us and anyone who dares speak against their master.

Your comment inferring that obama’s lackeys in the military, DHS, CIA, FBI, DOJ and IRS want to keep us safe is laughable.

These people are about money, power, control , career or a combination thereof.

They are all corrupt to the core, and Benzghazi and F&F are clear evidence to validate my points.


42 posted on 08/02/2013 7:07:38 PM PDT by Prole
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To: dragnet2

In my opinion you are overreacting. Do you know anyone hauled to jail for posting on free republic yet? nope...


43 posted on 08/03/2013 8:53:52 AM PDT by Almondjoy
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