FUGITIVE SNOWDEN TO DEFECT?
National Security Agency whistleblower EDWARD SNOWDEN may be given asylum in Russia by Vlad Putin!
The UK Guardian which released the first details of the elaborate spying on American Citizens program via phone and internet in the formerly hush-hush PRISM agenda reports that Putin may consider Snowden’s request.
Snowden fled the America before leaking the details of the secret surveillance and is said to be moving from hotel to hotel in Hong Kong, fearing retribution from the intelligence communities.
Snowden is not known to have made any asylum requests either to Iceland or Russia.
Yet according to the Russian newspaper Kommersant, Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said: "If such an appeal is given, it will be considered. We'll act according to facts."
Peskov's comments made headlines all over Russia which have largely ignored Snowden's revelations that the NSA was secretly empowered to gather information about US citizens from Verizon and to spy on internet communications via data-mining Prism.
According to U.S. intelligence sources, Russia's security services are believed to have similar capabilities to monitor their citizens every move via phone or internet.
Alexey Pushkov, head of the Duma's international affairs committee said via Twitter: "By promising asylum to Snowden, Moscow has taken upon itself the protection of those persecuted for political reasons. There will be hysterics in the US. They only recognize this right for themselves."
He continued: "Listening to telephones and tracking the internet, the US special services broke the laws of their country. In this case, Snowden, like Assange, is a human rights activist."
Yet, Russia has a poor rep for human rights and freedom of speech as witness the jailed members of the avant garde punk troupe Pussy Riot. They have imprisoned their own whistleblowers in manner reminiscent of Stalinist Russia.
But when it comes to exposing wrongdoing in the West, the Russkies are all for it!
Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks, now has his own TV show on Russia Today, the Kremlin's propaganda television channel devoted to English language programming.