July 12, 2013 |
MOSCOW - A group of Russian lawmakers and rights advocates who met Friday with Edward Snowden voiced support for his bid to gain asylum in their nation, with one calling the American fugitive "a human rights activist. " “I consider Edward Snowden a human rights activist struggling for the rights of millions and millions of people in the entire world,” Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of the lower house of parliament, told Rossiya-24 television. “In the United States, which demands his extradition, such punishment as the death penalty is applied, and I believe the risk is very high that this measure of punishment is in for Edward Snowden," Naryshkin said.
July 6, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Seeking to make a political point, a group of Russian lawmakers is initiating a request to seek extradition from the United States of a Russian intelligence officer, Col. Alexander Poteyev, who escaped to America in 2010 after betraying a major network of Russian spies in the U.S. The lawmakers are comparing the case of Poteyev to that of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who remains holed up in a Moscow airport, having requested asylum in...
July 5, 2013 |
NSA leaker Edward Snowden has sent out appeals for asylum to six more countries, WikiLeaks reported Friday, in a sign of the marooned fugitive's mounting desperation in the face of international indifference to his plight. Snowden remains trapped in a diplomatic no-man's land at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, lacking documents that would allow him to enter Russia or travel to a country willing to damage relations with Washington to give him refuge. The 30-year-old former contract worker for the National Security Agency has been on the run for more than a month since telling journalists about massive U.S. efforts to track telephone conversations and Internet traffic around the world.
July 1, 2013 |
A man arrested in Florida has agreed to return to Massachusetts to face a charge in the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez . Ernest Wallace , 41, faces a charge of accessory after the fact in the slaying of semipro football player Odin Lloyd . Wallace turned himself in at a Miramar, Fla., police station last week. An assistant to Broward County Judge John Hurley said Wallace waived extradition Monday and agreed to go back to Massachusetts.
June 27, 2013 |
DAKAR, Senegal -- “I'm not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,” President Obama said Thursday as he sought to downplay the nearly weeklong hunt for Edward Snowden, the fugitive leaker of national security secrets. “I get you that it's a fascinating story for the press,” Obama told reporters at a news conference with Senegal's president here. But “in terms of U.S. interests, the damage was done with respect to the initial leaks.” Obama said he is interested “in making sure that the rules of extradition are obeyed,” and that U.S. officials had conducted “useful conversations” with Russian officials and officials in other countries that might be interested in offering political asylum to Snowden.
June 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's declaration Thursday that he wouldn't be "scrambling jets" to capture Edward Snowden provided the clearest public signal of how much the administration wants to shield key diplomatic relationships from damage over the case of the fugitive national security leaker. The administration's efforts at downplaying may also stem, in part, from a desire to manage expectations, since Snowden may continue to elude U.S. custody. But it's clear that in the last several days, the administration has sought to de-escalate confrontations over his flight.
June 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As Edward Snowden, who leaked details of secret U.S. surveillance programs, reportedly arrived in Moscow on Sunday from Hong Kong, officials at the U.S. Department of Justice pledged to continue their attempts to extradite him to face trial in the United States. A department official acknowledged Sunday that the extradition process had broken down during discussions between the United States and Hong Kong. Snowden was never detained in Hong Kong or "under any kind of police protection" while he was staying in Hong Kong, said a department official, speaking anonymously because of the delicate matter of dealing with a host of countries regarding Snowden.
June 22, 2013 |
BEIJING -- With U.S. prosecutors having filed criminal charges against Edward Snowden , attention turned Saturday to Hong Kong, whose authorities now must decide how to proceed with the case of the self-proclaimed NSA leaker who has been holed up for weeks in the Chinese territory. At a brief news conference Saturday, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Andy Tsang said only that the matter would be handled according to law, and refused to answer a question about whether Snowden was in a police “safe house.” After initially spending time in a Hong Kong hotel, Snowden reportedly moved to a private residence in the territory of 10 million, which has its own legal system apart from the mainland's.
June 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The United States has contacted authorities in Hong Kong to seek extradition of spy program leaker Edward Snowden, formally initiating a process that may be long and contentious. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Saturday that the request to officials in Hong Kong was made based on the criminal complaint against the former contractor, who handed over a trove of documents detailing secret surveillance programs to the media. The complaint was filed June 14 in the Eastern District of Virginia and unsealed Friday.
June 22, 2013 |
BEIJING -- The case of Edward Snowden, who is accused of criminal theft of government property and other charges in the U.S., has galvanized civic groups in Hong Kong where the self-proclaimed leaker has been holed up for weeks. Many in Hong Kong regard the decision of whether to extradite Snowden as a test of the city's autonomy vis-à-vis Beijing. The territory of 7 million residents has its own legal system apart from the mainland's. Hong Kong Police Commissioner Andy Tsang said Saturday during a brief news conference that the matter would be handled according to law. He refused to answer a question about whether Snowden was in a police “safe house.” After initially spending time in a Hong Kong hotel, Snowden reportedly moved to a private residence.