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  •  Not clear if he is agreeing to Putin's conditions (6+ / 0-)
    As mentioned earlier, the Kremlin said previously that Snowden had withdrawn a previous request for asylum in Russia after Vladimir Putin said he would be welcome only if he stopped "his work aimed at bringing harm" to the United States.

    If [Ellen] Barry and Lokshina are right, Snowden has now reconsidered this. He seems to be saying that the only way he can guarantee his safety where he is now, before he heads to Latin America, is to gain temporary asylum in Russia.


    Referring to Putin's condition that he can only stay if he stops harming the US, Snowden apparently has said: "No actions I take or plan are meant to harm the US ... I want the US to succeed."

    Putin says Snowden's actions--leaking U.S. secrets--and his promised future actions--leaking U.S. secrets-- are harmful.  So it's not clear what Snowden means.

    I guess will have to wait until his meeting with the press to see if he will explicitly renounce leaking while in Russia.

    "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

    by FiredUpInCA on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 06:47:19 AM PDT

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