Edward Snowden’s Russian asylum expires

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The temporary asylum of the US whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who has been hailed as a hero by a majority or ‘well-informed’, expired yesterday. Russia has not yet confirmed the extension of his asylum, as the country is preparing for a war with Ukrain.

It’s ironic that countries like Germany who learned about US spying their own chancellor Angela Markel, thanks to Snowden, don’t have the spine to offer asylum to Snoden fearing the wrath of the United States.

Only recently Germany arrested two German executives spying for NSA. Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who exposed NSA’s PRIMS program, recently refused to go to Germany as a witness in their ‘so-called’ investigation. Greenwald who quit Guardian to start The Intercept said that German investigation is nothing more than an illusion to “placate the German public with empty symbolism, and keep the culprit – the U.S. Government – happy.”

There is a growing support for Snowden within the US where leaders are asking for amenity to Snowden.

It’s also ironic that while Snowden is being ‘treated’ as a traitor by the US government, the emperor of the US cyber command, Keith Alexander (who also lied to the congress about spying) has created a company around his ‘cyber-expertise‘ charging over a million dollar per month.

Worried about Alexander’s new business Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat, said “Disclosing or misusing classified information for profit is, as Mr. Alexander well knows, a felony. I question how Mr. Alexander can provide any of the services he is offering unless he discloses or misuses classified information, including extremely sensitive sources and methods. Without the classified information that he acquired in his former position, he literally would have nothing to offer to you.”

Coming back to the question of Snowden’s asylum status, his lawyers says he can stay in Russia while his application is being processed.

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005. You can follow him on LinkedIn , Google+, Twitter and Facebook.


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