Update below. Update II
“There is one condition if he wants to remain here: he must stop his work aimed at damaging our American partners. As odd as it may sound from me,” Vladimir Putin told journalists at a media conference in Moskow when offering Edward Snowden asylum in Russia.
Snowden deserves better. Jürgen Trittin, chairman of Germany’s Green Party’s parliamentary group, had demanded in German TV morning show that a European country and, after having been asked specifically, in particular Germany, should grant asylum rather than Russia, China or Ecuador.
For several weeks, Snowden’s leaks have increased public awareness of the looming surveillance state in the so-called free world. This has widely been seen as a narrow window of opportunity, a final wake-up call. We all got a last chance to stop cancerous surveillance of anything and everybody.
Snowden has made very clear that he never intended to damage “the Americans.” He could have contacted Chinese security services or the FSB (the successor of KGB) directly. He could have made lots of money. He didn’t. So far, his noble intentions are absolutely trustworthy.
Anyway, it seems that he has leaked already all what he has. It’s by the media what will be published next.
1 July 2013 @ 4:59 pm.
Update @ 6:46 pm.
Meanwhile, Snowden has applied for asylum in 15 countries including Russia, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin had granted him political asylum provided he won’t damage American partners anymore.
Update II, July 2, 2013.
As the WikiLeaks site knows, Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in at least 21 countries so far including Germany and Norway.