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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange: NSA leaker is a hero

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke Sunday on ABC’s This Week, describing NSA leaker Edward Snowden as a “hero” for his actions. “He is a hero,” Assange told George Stephanopoulos. “He has told the people of the world and the United States that there is mass unlawful interception of their communications.”…

Ecuador revokes Edward Snowden asylum documents as Assange frustration grows

President Correa revokes Snowden’s temporary travel document amid concerns WikiLeaks founder is ‘running the show’ The plan to spirit the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden to sanctuary in Latin America appears to be unravelling amid tension between Ecuador’s government and Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. President Rafael Correa halted an…

No sign of cyber leaker Snowden on flight to Cuba

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian passenger plane left Moscow for Havana on Thursday without any sign of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden on board, witnesses said. Cuba is considered a possible destination for Snowden on his way to Ecuador, where he is seeking asylum. The 30-year-old American is…

Ecuador: Decision to grant Edward Snowden asylum could take months

By Alessandra Prentice and Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) – A former U.S. spy agency contractor facing charges of espionage remained in hiding at a Moscow airport on Wednesday while the prospect grew of a protracted wrangle over his fate. Ecuador, where Edward Snowden has requested asylum, said a decision could…

Ecuador asylum expected to take weeks as Snowden waits in Moscow airport

By Alessandra Prentice and Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) – A former U.S. spy agency contractor facing charges of espionage remained in hiding at a Moscow airport on Wednesday while the prospect grew of a protracted Russian-U.S. wrangle over his fate. Ecuador, where Edward Snowden has requested asylum, said a decision…

Putin says Snowden is ‘free to leave’ in Moscow airport

NAANTALI, Finland (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was still in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, was free to leave and should do so as soon as possible. Putin told a news conference during a visit to Finland…

John Oliver: Snowden exposes the blindness of the all-seeing U.S. government

The Daily Show host John Oliver on Monday night mocked the failing U.S. efforts to track down and extradite NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Oliver observed that Snowden had ironically exposed the government’s power and its powerlessness. The “all-seeing, all-knowing” government couldn’t “find the front of a human centipede if their…

Obama administration fights claims of incompetence as Snowden saga continues

By Andy Sullivan and David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has spent the past few weeks arguing it can wield power responsibly after Edward Snowden unveiled its sweeping spying programs. Now the administration must prove it can wield power effectively. As the 30-year-old leads the world’s lone superpower…

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa considering request to give Edward Snowden asylum

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, who has given the United States headaches throughout his tenure, risks more trouble if he grants political asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Much greater powers — China and Russia — have vexed the United States during Snowden’s global cat-and-mouse game, but this Andean nation…

Assange: Snowden receives refugee papers from Ecuadorian government

(Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Monday that fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden had received refugee papers from the Ecuador government to secure him safe passage as he fled Hong Kong over the weekend. “In relation to Hong Kong, Mr Snowden was supplied with a refugee…

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