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The Guardian is reporting that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed negative views about Edward Snowden in a closed committee meeting in Iceland.

Edward Snowden's digital 'misuse' has created problems, says Ban Ki-moon

The former NSA contractor Edward Snowden misused his right to digital access and has created problems that outweigh the benefits of public disclosure, the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has said.

Speaking to a gathering of the foreign affairs committee of the Icelandic parliament in Reykjavik on Tuesday, Ban said that in his personal opinion "the Snowden case is something I consider to be misuse." The UN chief added that the opening up of digital communications should not be "misused in such a way as Snowden did".

Ban's remarks, recorded in notes taken by two people present at the meeting and confirmed by a third, provoked expressions of surprise from committee members. His depiction of Snowden as someone who had misused access to information came just hours after the NSA whistleblower made a formal request for asylum to the Icelandic government.

This information is being reported on the basis of notes taken by three people who were present at the meeting. It was not a public statement. It is not clear whether Ban made his remarks spontaneously or in some context. It is certainly likely to this will be seen by some as an effort to influence the decision of the Icelandic government in its decisions about Snowden's application for asylum.  

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  •  He must be part of the OBAMA SECURITY STATE (6+ / 0-)

    because what other reason could someone possibly have for thinking that Edward Snowden isn't a heroic hero of heroism?

    US out of the UN! Impeach Earl Warren!

  •  Bolivia to protest to the UN (2+ / 0-)
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    sceptical observer, Youffraita

    Bolivia's UN envoy Sacha Llorenti told reporters in Geneva that he would complain to the UN about the European countries' actions.

    "The decisions of these countries violated international law. We are already making procedures to denounce this to the UN secretary general," he said


    They are understandably not happy.  The Unasur and Andean Pact are backing them up, along with Argentina, Uruguay, and Ecuador for starters.  More may join in.

    It's has some diplomatic blowback, and it is not over yet.

    I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 02:44:44 PM PDT

    •  I don't to make too big of a deal (1+ / 0-)
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      on the basis of this very limited report, but it seems significant to me that the UN Secretary General would get involved in this matter in any way. It hasn't yet turned into an international conflict between governments. However, if the folks in South America get their dander up, it could become one.

    •  Not sure how well that (3+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama, FiredUpInCA, jaywillie

      story is going to hold up...

      As you may have heard by now, Bolivian president Evo Morales supposedly had a tough time flying from home from Moscow last night after France, Portugal, Italy, and Spain refused to allow his plane to enter their airspace and Austria forced his plane to land and searched it. Except: Much of that reporting comes from a single source, the Bolivian government, and some of it has been contradicted.

      Ron Reagan: "Sarah Palin's constituency are people who wear red rubber noses and bells on their shoes."

      by AnnetteK on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 02:55:17 PM PDT

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      •  Facts not all in yet. (2+ / 0-)
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        Truth likely between or outside the versions being told by the various governments.

        Kirchner of Argentina and Correa of Ecuador were tweeting with Morales during the incident.

        Again, emergency summit of Unasur? Nontrivial. Complaint to UN? Not easy to ignore.  We shall see.

        I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

        by tom 47 on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 03:16:28 PM PDT

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        •  The plane's flight path is extremely revealing (0+ / 0-)

          Normal course until well into western Austria and about to cross into Italian airspace - then a SHARP 180 and flight in the direction it had been coming FROM.

          That says there was some MAJOR refusal - either of permission to enter air space, or permission to land for refueling, or possibly both.

          The Mass Media has added its own share of garbling and disinformation with allegations of a "stop for refueling" in "Spanish territory" - which DID NOT HAPPEN YESTERDAY, as the plane never got anywhere near Spanish territory.

          AFTER being cleared to leave Vienna and fly over Spanish and Portuguese territory TODAY - AFTER it was made clear that there were no unauthorized passengers on board - the plane refueled at Gran Canaria (in the Canary Islands, which is Spanish territory) and continued on to Bolivia. I have yet to hear if it landed safely - but since I haven't heard otherwise....

          If it's
          Not your body,
          Then it's
          Not your choice
          And it's
          None of your damn business!

          by TheOtherMaven on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 03:42:25 PM PDT

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  •  Why do you think he can influence the Icelandic (1+ / 0-)
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    government? Despite his prominent position, he has very little power.

  •  He is from South Korea (1+ / 0-)
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    truong son traveler

    I suspect he got the TPM and then decided how to formulate his words.  He's not going to piss off the US.  

    Shine like the humblest star.

    by ljm on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 05:54:49 PM PDT

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