Russia: Snowden welcome to enter at any time

posted at 8:41 am on July 24, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Russia’s state news agency announced a few minutes ago that Edward Snowden can now leave the Moscow international airport terminal where he has holed up to avoid extradition to the US.  The next question will be for how long:

Russian state news agency says US leaker Edward Snowden has been granted a document that allows him to leave the transit zone of a Moscow airport and enter Russia. …

RIA Novosti quoted an unnamed official on Wednesday saying that Snowden has been issued with documents, allowing him to leave the transit zone at the Moscow Sheremetyevo airport.

So far there isn’t much else on the story, including the circumstances of his entry paperwork.  Is this a full asylum, for which Snowden applied eight days ago?  Or is this a temporary status designed to give Snowden a safe passage to one of the three South American embassies that offered him political asylum?  Snowden didn’t express too much enthusiasm for staying in Russia after Vladimir Putin insisted that Snowden would have to stop the leaks from his NSA cache as a condition of their hospitality, but when it became clear that all his paths to avoid the US had to go through Russia first, Snowden’s enthusiasm seemed to perk up a bit.

Another question will be how the Obama administration will react to this news.  The White House has made it very clear that it expected Russia to cooperate with the US after Snowden’s passport was canceled.  They hinted last week that Obama might suddenly become too busy to go to Moscow if Snowden was walking free in the city at the same time, and now they’re pretty much stuck with that response.  We’re not going to boycott next year’s Olympics and repeat the juvenile and impotent act of Jimmy Carter in 1980, not over Edward Snowden, but don’t be surprised if the US doesn’t find a way to stick it back to Putin by getting a lot more publicly interested in Russia’s handling of political dissent over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, I’d expect Snowden to leave before Obama gets to St. Petersburg. He won’t take longer than a week to get to the Venezuelan or Ecuadorian embassy to arrange for a more permanent residence.


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….oh oh!…another “stern” statement will be forthcoming!

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM

but don’t be surprised if the US doesn’t find a way to stick it back to Putin by getting a lot more publicly interested in Russia’s handling of political dissent over the next few weeks.

…why?…do they have an IRS and EPA department?

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

getting a lot more publicly interested

…oh…I forgot!…our “PRESS” is like…their Press!

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Cue The Eagles:

“You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”

Steve Eggleston on July 24, 2013 at 8:57 AM

…oh…I forgot!…our “PRESS” is like…their Press!

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Actually, their press is more free than ours as our presstitute organs act like theirs back in the day.

Steve Eggleston on July 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

27 comments or bust!

Bishop on July 24, 2013 at 9:05 AM

27 comments or bust!

Bishop on July 24, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Seriously, what is there really to say that Nobel nominee Snowden is able to leave the Moscow airport? It had to happen sometime. And it is much easier to spool up the black helicopters and rapid “response” team were Snowden in Venezuela or Ecuador anyway.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

According to Slate’s Carlos Danger name generator, Snowden’s name: José Stealth.

No kidding.

TXUS on July 24, 2013 at 9:16 AM

According to Slate’s Carlos Danger name generator, Snowden’s name: José Stealth.

No kidding.

TXUS on July 24, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Well, Jose will help him blend in better in Venezuela.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Snowden’s no Viktor Navorski…but, NSA should never have become the KGB.

coldwarrior on July 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

27 comments or bust!

Bishop on July 24, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I would say bust, but I’m about to put comment number 3 down.

Steve Eggleston on July 24, 2013 at 9:32 AM

How’s that Reset Button working out? Smart Power!

BigGator5 on July 24, 2013 at 9:39 AM

As long as there is a nice, warm, non-hypoallergenic black hood and 2 room duplex* at Camp X-Ray waiting for him, I will be happy enough.


*-Just kidding…let the SOB get a studio with a cold water shower…and way to “friendly” neighbors.

BlaxPac on July 24, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Edward Snowden is a vile, anti-American traitor.

Shame on any of you Michael Moore wannabes for sanctifying this trash.

bluegill on July 24, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Anyone assisting Snowden, in any way, should have it tied around their neck like an albatross. We should exert maximum pressure and leverage to ensure this traitor faces the remainder of his sad, pathetic, treasonous life looking through bars.

Last I checked those “three South American countries” are pretty vulnerable to targeted measures which would ensure their social and economic instability. We should wield that power like the important weapon it represents.

And I am fairly certain we’ve been adept at advertising the truly despotic actions or Russia. My guess is they would not really enjoy the burning spotlight on those practices, for starters.

Marcus Traianus on July 24, 2013 at 10:02 AM

pourmecoffee ‏@pourmecoffee 26m

Snowden to be released from Moscow airport, given one hour head start, and hunted by shirtless Putin on horseback.

Oil Can on July 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

but don’t be surprised if the US doesn’t find a way to stick it back to Putin by getting a lot more publicly interested in Russia’s handling of political dissent over the next few weeks.

For the life of me, I’ll never understand why the hell the whole world so obsessed with Russia’s ban on gay pride parades and feminist blasphemy.

abobo on July 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Sure, go check out the museums. Then what? What is he going to live on?

Blake on July 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Putin will give Snowden one-way asylum, since he is an information gold-mine for the KGB. To paraphrase the Eagles’ song:

Velcome to zee Hotel Moskova:
Ve are programmed to receife!
You can check out any time you like
But you can neffer leafe!

Steve Z on July 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Edward Snowden is a vile, anti-American traitor.

Shame on any of you Michael Moore wannabes for sanctifying this trash.

bluegill on July 24, 2013 at 9:55 AM

My, my, my.

No one has yet jumped on your prodding.

Absent in this thread are any comments relating to the sanctification of Snowden.

You are arguing with youself.

Your strawman is on fire.

Act quick before he burns to the ground.

weaselyone on July 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Dhimi fools, the world over, more in the USA than anywhere else.

obama killed the last shred of sanctimony, moral authority and decency the US had left, intentionally.

Snowden exposed this.

In the meanwhile, Snowden is learning Russian the Russia will put him/his brain to good use. Putin laughs his head off at obama and the US. The rest of the world laugh at stupid America.

Snowden w/b a fool if he went to South America, which would give him back. His safest heaven today, incredibly, is Russia.

The world has turned and obama destroyed the last shred of leadership the US had, all on purpose.

Wake up, idiots.

The American media is finally dead, in obama’s azz.

His shit choked them. They thought it was Beluga caviar, the morons.

Enjoy your dhimitude, America. YOU are the laughing stock of the world. obama made you so.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM

I was over at WAPO trying to educate the idiot lib progs on their message boards, when I noted the sites “Today’s Opinion Poll” sidebar:

Today’s Opinions poll

Should President Obama go ahead with his planned trip to Moscow in September, or should he cancel it to show dissatisfaction with the state of U.S.-Russian relations?

I couldn’t stop laughing for several minutes at the irony contained in this question. And these people think they are serious. Ferdrayt to Farcocked in 3 seconds flat!

NOMOBO on July 24, 2013 at 11:37 AM

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

They actually do, in fact their equivalent of IRS is worse and is doing the work of weeding out Vladimir’s political enemies for a long time now…probably where Obama took his inspiration from. Meanwhile their IRS have absolutely no clue how or where 44% of their population make a living (well, they do know, it’s called black market, but everybody is hush, hush about it) unless you or your organization come under political investigation and then they want to know all about how you make or where you get your money from, and they will even plant a few pieces of damning evidence in case they don’t find anything on you or yor org. Asfor a Russian EPA, they’re not there yet :), they have a state agency but under-funded and doing absolutely nothing. Now that’s where Obama should take his inspiration from :)…but we aren’t that lucky…

jimver on July 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Sure, go check out the museums. Then what? What is he going to live on?

Blake on July 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM

That should be a concern for him, Moscow is one of the most expensive cities on the planet currently…they’ll probably hire him to hack into US systems :)….defence or otherwise…though not sure if hacking is his speciality, he’s good at stealing docs that he has access to :), hacking into them is a different matter…not to mention that the Russian hackers are probably way more versed and better than him….

jimver on July 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

According to Slate’s Carlos Danger name generator, Snowden’s name: José Stealth.

No kidding.

TXUS on July 24, 2013 at 9:16 AM

That is funny. I have a few other names I’d like to enter into the name generator. Rubio is one:-) He may need it from all of the comments he’s getting on several articles across the web.

bluefox on July 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM

You do have a way with words:-) I always enjoy reading your comments.
I read that American Thinker article you linked to the other day/night. It was spot on too.

bluefox on July 24, 2013 at 12:32 PM

bluefox on July 24, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Bows, hat in hand…glad you liked the article. Send it around.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 12:40 PM

You do know that the “pretty” Russian spy asked him to marry her.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 12:44 PM

…oh…I forgot!…our “PRESS” is like…their Press!
KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2013 at 8:56 AM

They have changed places. There is more pravda and isvestia in Pravda and Isvestia now than there is in NYT and CBS.

LegendHasIt on July 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM