I know that I have written more than I thought would be coming out of this situation; but, the spiderweb just continues to become more intricate, day-by-day. Maybe Colonel Mustard will step out of the Library, with a Lead Pipe, and provide a Clue. Who knows?
Edward Snowden, the NSA Leaker, has been stuck, in the “Transit Area”, at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport for eight days. Last week, a journalist commented that he has been in that Area and he said that you wouldn’t want to be there for more than a couple of hours, let alone a “whole day”. Well, perhaps, Snowden is a glutton for punishment. The linked article from the NY Times, provides an interesting point-of-view: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/world/europe/snowden-applies-for-asylum-in-russia.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0&hp&pagewanted=print.
Julian Assage, founder of Wikileaks, seems to be counseling Snowden, from his own refuge, in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Assage doesn’t have much claim to the moral high ground, however, since Sweden has continued pressing for his extradition for sex crimes. And, Glenn Greenwald, reporter for The Guardian (U.K.), seems to have been pressing for Assage’s free passage to Ecuador several years ago, and now he seems to have a connection with Snowden.
It seems that some of the countries that might have offered asylum to Snowden have backed-away, perhaps, fearing trade reprisals from the U.S. Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently is also in a quandary: if he accepts Snowden, he would be working against a necessary relationship–if not exactly all wine and roses–with the U.S. But, since Russia doesn’t exactly respect Human Rights or guarantee a Free Press, how could the country possibly accept a “refugee” who claims to fight for them?
One potential solution might have opened today: in Moscow, an international oil and gas forum, in which Venezuela is expected to attend. Venezuela is an important arms customer and energy partner, and enables Russia to somewhat counter the U.S. in Latin America. Even the newspaper Izvestia has speculated that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro might allow Edward Snowden to board his Presidential Jet, back to Caracas. So, the journalists will be watching whether the Venezuelan plane leaves from a government facility at Vnukovo Airport, as usual, or the Sheremetyevo Airport, where Snowden is located. Stay tuned!