DESPERATION: Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden has applied to six more countries for asylum, but Wikileaks said they are keeping those countries secret due to U.S. interference. Um, they are crazy if they think the U.S. won’t know. This is another Hail Mary pass as the Russian government is becoming increasingly impatient with him in their country. Here’s the tweet from Wikileaks:
Edward #Snowden has applied to another six countries for asylum. They will not be named at this time due to attempted US interference.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 5, 2013
A Wikileaks supporter claims they are going to approach the Brazilian government for asylum, as though the country doesn’t have enough on its plate. A fight with the U.S. isn’t in their best interest at this juncture.
@wikileaks We are going to the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations today (8pm UTC) to urge the government to give asylum to #Snowden
— Juntos! (@_juntos) July 5, 2013
This latest move comes as the U.S. sends an arrest warrant to Ireland for the former contractor. This is characterized as a preemptive move to stop the fugitive from making his way to Cuba via Shannon.
The provisional arrest warrant received by the Irish Government from the US authorities is now being handled by the extradition Unit in the Garda’s crime and security branch based in Garda headquarters, Phoenix Park, Dublin.
The warrant has been issued as a pre-emptive strike against any effort by Mr Snowden to evade the US authorities by flying from Moscow to Havana on a commercial flight that stops off at Shannon for refuelling. The warrant would enable the Garda to arrest Mr Snowden under the Extradition Act 1965. Source: Irish Times
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