Snowden: Civil Rights crusader asks Russia for asylum
NSA leaker & former CIA employee Edward Snowden who has become a civil rights crusader fleeing apparent fascism has asked for political asylum in Russia, saying he could not fly to Latin America, according to human rights activists who met the whistleblower at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.
According to Tatyana Lokshina of Human Rights Watch, Snowden seeks to stay in Russia as he “can’t fly to Latin America yet.”
When asked if the NSA leaker has any more revelations, Lokshina responded: “He says that his job is done.”
Snowden asked the human rights activists to petition the US and European states not to interfere with his asylum process, she said. The former NSA contractor also asked to intervene with President Putin on his behalf, Lokshina added.
Snowden said he is ready to ask Russia for political asylum and that he “does not intend to harm the US,” according to Russian State Duma MP Vyacheslav Nikonov.
“No actions I take or plan are meant to harm the US... I want the US to succeed,” Snowden said.
PHOTO - Human Rights Watch deputy director Tanya Lokshina (C) speaks to journalists after arriving at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow July 12, 2013 (Reuters / Tatyana Makeyeva)
Reference - RT