Snowden has left the airport

posted at 8:41 am on August 1, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

After fleeing to Hong Kong in May and then again turning tail for Russia in June, Edward Snowden has been holed up in the neutral-territory transit zone of the Moscow airport for over a month now, waiting to see if he would have the opportunity to flee once more to another potentially friendly country (you know, like freedom-loving Venezuela) or if the Kremlin would decide to grant him his request for political asylum and allow him to leave the airport. They’ve been dithering over the decision, but evidently, they’ve finally been moved to a definite step by granting Snowden a refugee status:

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country’s territory.

The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia, Snowden’s legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said.

“I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service. They are what he needs to leave the transit zone,” he added.

Snowden has already left the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, an RT crew at the scene has confirmed.

He departed at around 15.30 Moscow time (11.30 GMT), airport sources said. His departure came some 30 minutes before his new refugee status was officially announced.

What’s more, Russia has formally denied the United States’ official extradition request for Snowden; their official reasoning was that “U.S. citizen Edward Snowden cannot be extradited to the United States, because he has not crossed [the border] into Russia, and also because the two countries have no bilateral agreement on extradition.” Now that Snowden has via the Kremlin’s blessing, some of President Obama’s scheduled meetups with his Russian counterpart this fall are definitely going to take a turn for the awkward, if he doesn’t snub them completely.

Incidentally, Edward Snowden’s father believes that Russia has the “strength, resolve and convictions to protect my son.” Er…?

The father of U.S. spy agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has appeared on Russian television for the first time to thank the Kremlin for keeping his son safe.

Lon Snowden told state-owned Rossiya 24 channel: “If it were me, I would stay in Russia and that’s what I hope my son will do.”

“I feel Russia has the strength and resolve and convictions to protect my son,” he added. …

“My son is a principled young man, he is a man of courage and what he saw he couldn’t live with,” he said.

“I know that I have raised him to do the right thing. Sometimes the right thing means personal sacrifice, and that’s what he did.”


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We’ll probably never know the true story here.

Who could we trust to tell it?

PappyD61 on August 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Elvis still hiding inside?

Shy Guy on August 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Dead man walking.

nobar on August 1, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Incidentally, Edward Snowden’s father believes that Russia has the “strength, resolve and convictions to protect my son.” Er…?

Yeah, right…

OmahaConservative on August 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM

We’ll probably never know the true story here.

Who could we trust to tell it?

PappyD61 on August 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Trust? What’s that?

In related near-future news – Snowden found dead of self-inflicted gunshot in his Lefortovo Prison cell.

Steve Eggleston on August 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM

“I know that I have raised him to do the right thing. Sometimes the right thing means personal sacrifice, and that’s what he did.”

Well..
No Obamaphone or Obama money for this guy…

Electrongod on August 1, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Elvis has left the building.

Sorry couldn’t help myself

gophergirl on August 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM

I personally couldn’t care less what happens with or to Snowden. What I love is that Moscow is telling Obama the word he’s not used to and his ego can’t stand: “No!”

Liam on August 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Have fun

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Why return to the US to go to jail for a truthful expose of the NSA whereas no jail time will ever accrue to any of Obamas crooks, cronies and enablers in ‘Fast and Furious’ ‘Benghazi’ ‘IRS’ ‘NSA’ ‘Foxgate’ ‘ad infinitum’. Not only will no Obama team criminal ever see jail time but the terrorists responsible for American murders at Benghazi (currently being interviwed by the MSM) will also remain unmolested.

MaiDee on August 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

And the NSA? Anything happening to them for illegally spying on Americans?

Flange on August 1, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Beware of men with umbrellas…

workingclass artist on August 1, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Queue up Tom Petty ‘refugee’

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:55 AM

I personally couldn’t care less what happens with or to Snowden. What I love is that Moscow is telling Obama the word he’s not used to and his ego can’t stand: “No!”

Liam on August 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

From Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev…Tear down this wall” to Putin’s “Go F*ck Yo’self Obama…”

Heckuva an arc in presidential strategy there…

workingclass artist on August 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

From Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev…Tear down this wall” to Putin’s “Go F*ck Yo’self Obama…”

Heckuva an arc in presidential strategy there…

workingclass artist on August 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Reagan and Gorbachev became friends. Putin clearly has no respect for Obama.

Liam on August 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM

What a shock. Look what happens when your enemies think know you’re weak.

Red Cloud on August 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

We’ll probably never know the true story here.

Who could we trust to tell it?

PappyD61 on August 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

The only truths we know from this whole event: 4th amendment has been breached at some level, and the Snowdens are an odd family.

LaughterJones on August 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

I don’t understand why y’all think Obama is going to find fall meetings with Putin et al awkward. First, that would mean that Obama means what he says, when he has his gophers demand Snowden back. Obama didn’t mean what he said about investigating the IRS, he didn’t mean what he said about protecting our people in Benghazi, he didn’t even mean what he said about ObamaCare. What makes you think he gives a rat’s patootie about some sniveling computer nerd?

Second, Obama’s thrown much bigger national slights than this right down the memory hole. Just like he’s constantly campaigning against Washington — as if he hasn’t run it himself for five years — I doubt he garners much outrage about a slight to America, because as a “citizen of the world” he thinks America needs to be slighted.

Zumkopf on August 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM

At this point, with their flat tax, Russia is less Socialist than the United States.

antisense on August 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Smart Power!

BigGator5 on August 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Enjoy that Russian winter.

Bitter Clinger on August 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Oddly I’m starting to build some respect for Putin. He’s the ONLY white extant that has the courage to stand up to the black race hustlers (Obama, Holder, Jarrett, Sharpton, Jackson. Marc Lamont Hill, Jay-Z etal)and their protective MSM SS vanguard.

A black race hustler speaks and extorts and corporate CEOs quake in their cowardly boots, RINOs fold like tents, MSM splash anti-white diatribe, reputations are ruined, innocents are imprisoned, liberals pay ‘guilt taxes” with conservative money, people lose their jobs and are permanently blackballed from getting new ones and even a phony president’s two cents worth about a phony race situation about phony prejudice committed by a phony white guy enables a racially divisive trial that never should have happened in the first place.Only Putin says NO!!!

When a former KGB chief commands more respect than our current president you know we’ve go a frucked-up country.

MaiDee on August 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Because true liberty is found in Russia, right?

thebrokenrattle on August 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

The whole thing is pretty embarrassing for the US.

I’d pardon the idiot. And then actually fix security. No… really.

That’s the issue here. The government keeps trying to hide how incompetent their security is on these issues.

Its no mistake the FSB has gone back to typewriters. Modern consumer grade computers are not secure. ARE NOT. They’re hobbyist grade security. You CAN secure computers so they can protect national security secrets. But you have to design them that way… in some cases from the ground up. If you’re not prepared to do that… either accept the leaks or break out the typewriters.

Karmashock on August 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Because true liberty is found in Russia, right?

thebrokenrattle on August 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Just ask P*ssy Riot.

Steve Eggleston on August 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

The world has been turned upside down.

EddieC on August 1, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Lon Snowden told state-owned Rossiya 24 channel: “If it were me, I would stay in Russia and that’s what I hope my son will do.”

“I feel Russia has the strength and resolve and convictions to protect my son,” he added. …

The acorn does not fall far from the tree.

unclesmrgol on August 1, 2013 at 9:37 AM

What a shock. Look what happens when your enemies think know you’re weak.

Red Cloud on August 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Even if a Republican were in office, we would not be going to war over Snowden.

But this does highlight that Russia is indeed our enemy, and that we should be treating them as such. None of this meeting of leaders so they can burnish each other’s domestic armor, none of this military cooperation.

And there is this, which we should not be doing at this point to show our extreme displeasure:
http://en.rian.ru/world/20130728/182457138/Russia-Begins-Inspection-Flights-Over-United-States.html

unclesmrgol on August 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

The acorn does not fall far from the tree.

unclesmrgol on August 1, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Your blind loyalty to a country that no longer exists will not serve you well. The almost religious love of the US government by its people made them blissfully unaware of the advancing statism throughout the 20th Century.

antisense on August 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Obama’s scheduled meetups with his Russian counterpart this fall are definitely going to take a turn for the awkward, if he doesn’t snub them completely.

Yeah….. Isn’t this what that re-set button was supposed to be used for? Wasn’t there supposed to be more flexibility once the Demonrats stole the 2012 election?

Bottom line, the only value Snowden has is sticking it to the rat-eared coward. Personally.

Happy Nomad on August 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia, Snowden’s legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said.

“I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service. They are what he needs to leave the transit zone,” he added.

From which he was transported northward to an FSB debriefing room surrounded by barbed wire, and subjected to enhanced interrogation about NSA spying techniques.

Lon Snowden told state-owned Rossiya 24 channel: “If it were me, I would stay in Russia and that’s what I hope my son will do.”

“I feel Russia has the strength and resolve and convictions to protect my son,” he added. …

Glad you feel that way, Dad, you’ll probably never see Edward again.
Russia has lots of strength and resolve, and you’ll probably be begging Putin to send you his frozen corpse back from Siberia next winter for burial.

Steve Z on August 1, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Your blind loyalty to a country that no longer exists will not serve you well. The almost religious love of the US government by its people made them blissfully unaware of the advancing statism throughout the 20th Century.
antisense on August 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM

I agree. Now read this quote

But this does highlight that Russia is indeed our enemy, and that we should be treating them as such. None of this meeting of leaders so they can burnish each other’s domestic armor, none of this military cooperation.

Notice how the national security statist use “our” and “we” when discussing the actions of the Federal government. I guess Obama is correct when he says that “we” are the government.

antifederalist on August 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Snowden was working with Russia the entire time in this misinformation campaign against America

jp on August 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Ah, yes, that shining model of openness and transparency and respect for civil rights: Putin’s Russia.

Alexander Litvinenko was unavailable for comment.

Hayabusa on August 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

This should be a well earned and highly instructive lesson in life for young Mr. Snowden, brought up on the Howard Zinn view of America.

Hah! Enjoy your stay in Workers Paradise, champ.

PattyJ on August 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Off to a nice dacha in Yasenevo.

Then…book deal? Posthumously written?

Way back when everybody hated America and those nasty Rethuglicans were in office, can you imagine this going down?

But, since everybody just loves them some Obama..he got a Nobel Peace Prize, you know…smartest danged Prezdit we ever had…Russia…China…and even some of those third world places nobody ever talks about just thumb their noses at the White House?

Must be ‘cuz Putin is a racist…he banned hoodies, you know.

coldwarrior on August 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Snowden was working with Russia the entire time in this misinformation campaign against America
jp on August 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

What misinformation against America. Snowden exposed the actions by the Federal government to the world. Is America the Federal government? Do you agree with Obama that we are the government?

antifederalist on August 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Beware of men with umbrellas…

workingclass artist on August 1, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Cup of tea anyone?

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Isn’t Putin worried about how this will affect his relationship with Obama?

Snicker.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Putin clearly has no respect for Obama.

Liam on August 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM

…something which quite a few (most?) of us have in common with Putin, I’d suspect.

davisbr on August 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Dead man walking.

nobar on August 1, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Ironically he’s more that from the Americans than the Russians.

It’s a very sad state of the USA.

obama, the platinum-sprayed horseturd, killed the last shred of decency, sanctimony, light, moral-authority and credibility the US had left.

The world laughs at you, for the best of reasons. All who brung this turd, then kept the stink, you deserve to be fully destroyed by him, and devoid of any freedoms whatever.

Relatively free people always deserve their rulers.

Those who give up freedom for security will end up with neithr. My schadenfreude overfloweth. For that I will thank Snowden forever.

He may be a whistleblower, a traitor, both, neither, either and I hope the Americans do kill him. He is ready, I assure you of that. His Russian lawyers have more decency than all the free Americans and other media moochers of the world.

Why do I hope that he gets killed by the Americans? Why did I wish for them to drone the plane/s he was in? Because it w/b the ultimate ironey, fiction or not. No 007 movie could ever have invented/conceived such.

Beacon of light? My foot, and that’s nicely put.

Wake up idiots of the world. You cheered for a charlatanic tyrannical thug, and you got him in full destruction of YOU, for his own Jesus-like glory. What fun!

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Putin clearly has no respect for Obama.

Liam on August 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Hah, you get the medal for the obvious today, and I’m not sarcastic. Someone had to say the obvious and you did.

Plus, why should Putin or anyone else respect obama or the US of obama?

Here’s the thing, however – obama likes the USA in this state. He made it so. He doesn’t like a shiny city on the hill America. He likes her brought to the level of Zimbabwe, which soon will be.

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

That Putin and the Chinese can preach sanctimony on freedom to America is the utter shame of the world.

They do it because the Turd in Chief lets them, enjoys them doing it to the once glorious land. obama hates the America of yore.

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Yeah, right…

OmahaConservative on August 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM

They shame America if they do. That is his saving grace.

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!

Uh Huh, Sure. Except you refuse to post a comment that takes Johnsen to task for her snark? Class act. I’ll go back to the “Boss Emeritus” and post it. SHE has class.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 1, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Snowden’s case has caused new strains in relations between Russia and the United States, which wants him extradited to face espionage charges. But a Kremlin official said ties would not suffer from what he called a “relatively insignificant” case.

Funny of the day!

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Why return to the US to go to jail for a truthful expose of the NSA whereas no jail time will ever accrue to any of Obamas crooks, cronies and enablers in ‘Fast and Furious’ ‘Benghazi’ ‘IRS’ ‘NSA’ ‘Foxgate’ ‘ad infinitum’.

MaiDee on August 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Exactly.

If this is about the impartial majesty of the law, first I want to see Jon Corzine do time proportionate to the money he stole.

While criminals and even terrorist buddies of the establishment enjoy life above the law, it would be self-destructive idiocy for a whistle-blower to let himself be locked away.

David Blue on August 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Why return to the US to go to jail for a truthful expose of the NSA whereas no jail time will ever accrue to any of Obamas crooks, cronies and enablers in ‘Fast and Furious’ ‘Benghazi’ ‘IRS’ ‘NSA’ ‘Foxgate’ ‘ad infinitum’. Not only will no Obama team criminal ever see jail time but the terrorists responsible for American murders at Benghazi (currently being interviwed by the MSM) will also remain unmolested.

MaiDee on August 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Spot on, MaiDee. The real crooks are in charge. There’s where the perp walk should start.

kim roy on August 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Isn’t Putin worried about how this will affect his relationship with Obama?

Snicker.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Yes. He will have to be even more disdainful of Obama.

hee hee

kim roy on August 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Snowden was working with Russia the entire time in this misinformation campaign against America

jp on August 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

What misinformation campaign?

DarkCurrent on August 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Lon Snowden: “My son is a principled young man, he is a man of courage and what he saw he couldn’t live with,” he said.

“I know that I have raised him to do the right thing. Sometimes the right thing means personal sacrifice, and that’s what he did.”

OK. Anyone who can’t live with abortion is free to kill abortion doctors. Right, Lon? Because if they feel strongly that it’s the “right thing” to do to kill abortion doctors, then it’s OK. Right?

jaime on August 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM