July 1st, 2013
11:42 PM ET

Snowden rips Obama administration

The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks says it has submitted asylum requests to 19 more countries for Edward Snowden, the ex-National Security Agency computer contractor who has admitted leaking details of U.S. surveillance programs to reporters.

The countries include Russia, where Snowden has been holed up at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport since June 23. The rest are scattered from South America to several European Union countries, India and China.

"The documents outline the risks of persecution Mr. Snowden faces in the United States and have started to be delivered by the Russian consulate to the relevant embassies in Moscow," WikiLeaks, which has been assisting Snowden's effort to find a haven from U.S. espionage charges, said in a statement issued early Tuesday.


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  1. saywhat

    The US after the debacles of Iraq & Afghanistan can hardly afford to get bogged down in other quagmires of even bigger proportions, but thats where we seem headed and that dear bloggers is of more concern for this country's sake than Snowden's fate.

    July 3, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    yes Russia seems to have buckled down some under pressure on Snowden. Their weak point is Chechenya's war of indepoendence from Russia. They need the West and especially the US to stand with them. Allies if you will.

    July 3, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Good Morning saywhat
    I agree, we are being pulled into that new quagmire known as Syria' It just goes to show what I have said for many years. Our POTUS is and has been for many years, nothing but a figurehead, kind of like the monarchy of England. While it appears that our leader is the one calling the shots, sometimes it is, the major decisions are being made by our corporate slavemasters. You know, the ones who profit from the wars and dissent. There is nothing any of us can do about it. Such is life in the 21st century.

    July 3, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I also meant to add that depending on the issue, that is if the president and lawmakers happen to agree, is how much in control the president appears to be.

      July 3, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    good to see you as always@bobcat
    Indeed what you say is true. besides the Corporate rule my friend we are now completely (and it happened gradually over decades) subservient to foreign interests. Thats what is the more worrisome part of our destiny.
    As for what we can do. let our voices be heard, that at least would be an effort.

    July 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      That too, saywhat, is so very true. I think the influence that disturbs me the most is that of the Jewish lobby. And our "leaders" allow this to happen because of the old superst ition that if we don't support Israel we will cease to exist. Although I don't know the passage off hand they use the bible as their authority for this belief.

      July 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    There are American orgs of folks who feel for their country and are making such efforts.Events, sign petitions, make phone calls or write to our reps. I do that as my duty to this country.
    I know more often than not it falls on deaf ears and you receive the standard response but still endeavors do make a difference if consistent.

    July 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Many are also saying to take a page from Egypt. The day will come when Americans are going to hafta gather in masses like we've seen in the ME.

      July 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    now blocked

    July 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I too am now blocked saywhat. Trying to respond about our outside influences. Will try again later.

    July 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    sometime posts appear after a delay.Lets see

    July 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Perhaps i have mentioned this before. As a respected veteran@bobcat i'm sure you follow Veterans Today or/and Veterans News Now. Both these orgs are doing a lot not only to safeguard the interests of veterans but this country especially on foreign influence.

    July 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I do touch base with veterans today saywhat. They are showing that Israeli influence around the world is beginning to wane. But here in the US, the influence appears to be stronger than ever. The world as a whole has sided with Israel since it was granted land in 1048. While I do agree with their right to defend their territory, I for one am very tired of the "poor old me" at itude, and it appears that most of the world is feeling the same way.

    July 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    Also, to saywhat and chrissy. Sorry I haven't gotten the delicious article posted as I promised last week, but something came up. I will wait till I see either of you here tomorrow. 🙂

    July 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Perk

    Come on home and get the lawyer's ! Call Hillary Clinton and get this kid on home ! Obama says he's open for the debate on US privacy. Pink Panther cartoon music plays any second.Happy Independence Day and get on the plane and come on home.That's why they call it home of the brave ! We the people heard his whistle and then he takes off ? Why didn't he just get a team of lawyer's ? God Bless the USA ! "Like a snowball rolling down the side of a snow covered hill.....it's growing..."Where do we read what this kid knows and is trying to tell us specifically ?

    July 4, 2013 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    A Happy 4th of July everyone.
    Thanks@bobcat for your input.
    looking forward to referencing that article.
    Will see you folks again later in the day.

    July 4, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    On Snowden, forcing the airliner carrying Bolivian president to land in Austria has backfired for us. A stupid thing to have been executed.
    There is now a lot of anger and resentment in Latin America and sympathy for Snowden.

    July 4, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    @Mary &@bobcat
    on that foreign influence & also on the snooping issue pl take time out to read "Why have an intelligence community & spend 50 billion when AIPAC knows better" By Jim Lobe on Lobe Blog foreign policy.

    July 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
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