Friday, June 28, 2013

Snowden’s only safe choice may be to stay in Russia indefinitely


Assuming that Edward Snowden has not already been spirited away from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport to yet another international destination, he may want to buy an ushanka and find a nice dacha. Russia, though it was initially supposed to be a stopover, perhaps on the way to Ecuador, might be Snowden’s best bet for permanent shelter away from the United States’s requests for extradition.

Snowden’s other options look risky or have already fallen through. He fled Hong Kong when it became clear that the Chinese special administrative region would not guarantee his asylum and that he might face jail time pending the U.S. extradition request. Snowden had earlier said he wanted to seek refuge in Iceland. But the government there, which recently shifted to the right and has an economic interest in not upsetting the United States, has downplayed its willingness accepting him.
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