Snowden risks being stuck in transit
26 June 2013, 08:42
London - The WikiLeaks organisation said on Tuesday that US
intelligence leaker Edward Snowden may be forced to stay in Russia
permanently because Washington is "bullying" possible intermediary
WikiLeaks, which is led by fugitive former computer
hacker Julian Assange, has said it helped Snowden flee Hong Kong at the
weekend and that one of its staff members is believed to be with him in
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that
Snowden - who had been expected to board a flight for Cuba on Monday,
reportedly on his way to seek asylum in Ecuador - was still in a Moscow
airport transit zone.
"Cancelling Snowden's passport and bullying
intermediary countries may keep Snowden permanently in Russia,"
WikiLeaks said on its Twitter feed, without specifying which other
countries it was referring to.
"Not the brightest bunch at State," it said, referring to the US State Department.
The comments were the first by WikiLeaks on the issue for more than 24 hours.
said on Monday the government of Ecuador had issued Snowden a "refugee
document of passage" after the United States revoked the former National
Security Agency contractor's passport but refused to confirm his
WikiLeaks had paid for Snowden's escape and had
provided him with a legal advisor, British WikiLeaks staff member Sarah
Harrison, who was travelling with the American, Assange said.
who has himself sought asylum in Ecuador's embassy in London to avoid
extradition to Sweden over allegations of rape and sexual assault, said
Snowden left Hong Kong on Sunday "bound for Ecuador via a safe passage
through Russia and other states" but did not give further details.
Secretary of State John Kerry called on Tuesday for Russia to be "calm"
and hand over Snowden, saying Washington was not looking for
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