According to the RBC, Edward Snowden's empty blog on the Aeroflot flight on Twitter appeared after journalists found out that there was no fugitive on the plane.
The Twitter residents started out having nothing to do composing a network detective - from the point of view of the chair. RBC quotes examples of empty space in the cabin: “I feel empty”, “Journalists look at me viciously”, “The real threat to national security is food on board.”
Vladimir Azin (Utro.ru) writes:
“It is not excluded that Snowden did not dare to fly to Cuba, as he was afraid that the American authorities would force the plane to land when it flew over US territory. The fact that Washington can take such a step, said the pilot of one of the Russian airlines. “Theoretically, of course, they can (demand to sit down). And we will be forced to obey. Are you entitled to this? This is a question for lawyers, ”he said.
About the "territory" clarified "Voice of Russia":
“It is known that the plane Moscow - Havana (flight SU150) will fly in the area of responsibility of American air traffic controllers. In this connection, disputes have already arisen as to whether they can forcibly “land” an aircraft in the United States ”.
Channel "NTV" reports that Snowden received refugee papers from the Ecuadorian authorities (recall that his American passport was canceled). According to Julian Assange, the receipt of these documents does not mean that the refugee will be granted political asylum in Ecuador, Reuters notes.
It is also known that the organization WikiLeaks sent requests for political asylum for Snowden to several different countries.
According to "BBC", Edward Snowden is now in a "safe place." This was stated by the founder of "WikiLeaks". Assange did not name the country in which the fugitive American and accompanying Wikileaks representative Sarah Harris are located. (American sources, for example, "New York Times"call her surname as Harrison - Sarah Harrison).
A White House press secretary, Jay Carney, believes Snowden is in Russia.
Michael John Smith is the latest spy who received his sentence for spying for the Soviet Union, said "Voice of Russia"that the revelations of Edward Snowden vividly highlight the degree of readiness of the US government to follow its desire to control information at the world level. He also noted that Snowden would be best to stay in Russia.
Comrade Smith said that almost "everything and everyone" is now under surveillance - "as an enemy or a threat to the United States." The rule of law principle loses its meaning when NSA or CIA structures have access to all information in cyberspace. Only thanks to such heroes as Snowden, says Smith, did we learn about American electronic espionage.
Michael John Smith believes that now the governments of all countries will begin to reconsider their attitude towards the United States in terms of how much they can be trusted as future partners. The very decision of the Hong Kong government to deny the United States a request to extradite Snowden was perceived positively, he said. This is "a good sign for anyone who wants to confront the United States, who wants to ensure respect for human rights, as well as access to the truth." Smith suggests that Hong Kong made this decision because he himself was dissatisfied with the fact that the United States was probably “already digging into computers” on its territory.
As for the Snowden flight, Smith noted in this respect:
“... Around the world, there is an enormous number of CIA operatives who can easily arrange the delivery of Snowden to the USA, or try to kill him on the spot. The fact that Snowden chose to fly by Aeroflot to Moscow shows that he was well informed about the safest route. I personally think that it would be best for Mr. Snowden to stay in Russia and settle here than to fly to a South American country, where the USA has been employing numerous agents and bribed local officials for decades. ”
America is scaring Russia with “consequences”.
Senator Lindsay Graham, for example, said that “the bulwark of freedom is clearly not China, not Russia, not Cuba and not Venezuela,” adding that if the Russians will shelter Snowden, this will not be without consequences, reports Gayane Chichakian ("RT").
Behind such a statement, one must assume, is an ordinary fear. Fear of new revelations, about which everyone in the US is worried - from the presidential administration to members of the Senate committees.
Dianne Feinstein, a senator from the state of California, said: "I think we need to know what exactly he has - maybe he has a lot more materials."
Exactly; it scares them. Therefore, Snowden's American passport was revoked - to interfere with his departure from Hong Kong. But Assange thought of everything: Snowden's 90-day Hong Kong visa was not expired, and his Ecuadorian refugee documents replaced him.
As Alexander Gasyuk writes ("Russian newspaper"), The United States does not show the spirit of cooperation, considering requests for extradition from the Russian authorities.
Moscow unsuccessfully wants Washington to extradite convicted in the US Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko: they could serve their sentences in their homeland. A similar procedure is provided for by the Council of Europe convention. In 1990-ies, the United States became a haven for runaway employees of the Russian special services. The journalist cites as an example the prisoner of the former major general of the KGB, Oleg Kalugin, and the former officer of the SVR, Sergey Tretyakov, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Kalugin still lives in his home in Maryland, earning, among other things, bus trips to the “spy” places in Washington, previously used by Soviet intelligence. Tretyakov was given a house in Florida.
And in 2010, a former official of the SVR, Alexander Poteev, later convicted in absentia in Russia to 25 years of imprisonment, for treason and desertion, took refuge in the United States.
But in the United States, we add, all standards are double.
On June 10, the State Department threatened both Moscow and Beijing with “consequences” for ignoring the extradition requirements of Comrade Snowden. Once Snowden's passport has been revoked, the State Department said, other countries can only hand it over to America, and cannot fly it back and forth across the globe.
Olga Denisova ("Voice of Russia") recalls that the American lawyer and human rights activist, honorary president of the Center for the Protection of Constitutional Rights non-governmental organization Michael Ratner participated in the briefing for journalists together with Comrade Assange. He explained that the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees extends, among other things, to the category of persons to which both Assange and Snowden belong - “people persecuted for their political convictions”. He stressed that the US authorities have repeatedly referred to this rule.
“Therefore, it is now surprising — although perhaps not in this particular case — to see that the US is ignoring it and trying to obstruct” the person making the asylum request after criticizing in principle his own government, the lawyer said. He said that “protection under the Convention on the Status of Refugees is a trump card that“ interrupts ”any attempts to secure the extradition of Edward Snowden.” “After all, the very alleged“ crime ”for which they want to attract him is protected by the provisions of this convention and the rules of political asylum,” explained Comrade Ratner. In addition, according to the expert, international norms imply "non-interference in attempts to obtain political asylum."
There is no valid international arrest warrant for Snowden, the lawyer explained further. As for his “crimes”, these are “classic political crimes”.
More than 100000 people, writes further Olga Denisova, signed a petition calling for the US authorities to pardon Snowden in case of formal charges against him. The appeal was published on the White House website in early June. The text states that "Edward Snowden is a national hero, and a full and absolute pardon must be issued for all the crimes that he committed or could have committed regarding the declassification of data about the collection of information by the National Security Agency."
June 23 commented on Snowden comrade Pushkov. The head of the Duma’s international affairs committee sees no signs of a return to the Cold War in Moscow’s readiness to consider granting political asylum to Edward Snowden, reports "RT" with reference to Interfax.
“It is strange to hear that Snowden, as an ordinary passenger, flies a regular Hong Kong-Moscow flight. They really want to see him in the United States, but China did not pass him, - said Alexei Pushkov in a microblog on Twitter. “The reasoning is already that the Snowden refuge from our side will be an“ act of the Cold War. ” But if espionage in a wig is the norm, then refuge is not an act. ”
"Lenta.ru" talked about Snowden’s latest interview given to the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post. It was published on 25 June.
According to Edward, he got a job as a system administrator in the “Booz Allen Hamilton” division in Hawaii with the goal of obtaining evidence of the surveillance of American intelligence services by citizens. His position provided him with access to a list of computers around the world monitored by NSA staff. He worked there for about three months.
Lenta writes that after disclosing secret programs of special services, the US authorities launched a criminal investigation into US Investigations Services, which selects personnel to work with state secrets. It turns out that when E. Snowden was hired to work at Booz Allen, neither this company nor USIS paid attention to the fact that the information in the candidate’s resume was false. The summary provided false information that Snowden attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Liverpool.
One has only to be surprised at the carelessness and carelessness of those who add on their own who are obliged to ensure secrecy and are entitled to issue admissions. Undoubtedly, Snowden was well aware of the weak points of the system. He lied to the resume, probably in order to get the right job. After all, this man did not finish universities: he has only a certificate of secondary education (school).
Spencer Ackerman, Dan Roberts (Washington), Miriam Elder (Moscow) and Tanya Branigan (Hong Kong) write in The GuardianJay Carney said in Washington on Monday that the United States would not “surrender” if Snowden left Russia, and said that not only pressure was put on Ecuador, but contacts were being made through diplomatic channels with those countries that could serve as the end point or transit stop fugitive.
At a conference at the press center of the White House, British journalists say, the US administration rejected Snowden's comparison with previous “political dissidents”, which was made by one Russian journalist. “There is a big difference,” said Carney. “Snowden was charged with a criminal offense.” The Russian journalist who was trying to ask an additional question was immediately hooked up by another reporter.
Speaking in Delhi on Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry was disappointed that China was unable to detain Snowden. He believes that Beijing has decided to "deliberately ignore" the situation, not wanting to "live by the standards of the law."
Mr. Kerry immediately received a response from the People's Daily. Chinese journalists called Snowden's actions "disrupting a sanctimonious mask from Washington."
“In a sense, the United States has gone from being the creators of a“ human rights model ”to a“ privacy interceptor, ”the newspaper said. The official mouthpiece of the Communist Party called the American authorities "manipulator" of the Internet, as well as "invader networks of other countries."
It remains to add that, in trying to catch the elusive Snowden, who knows the secret service system from the inside, the White House is not nervous because of the “criminal case” or insubordination of Moscow and China, but worries about another blow struck by ex-CIA officer Snowden with a big accuracy on a fairly tarnished democratic reputation.
American mentors from the Department of State, who for decades have been teaching the "standards" of everyone and everything on the world stage, are about to lose the last vestiges of authority. The only thing that holds onto the precarious reputation of figures like Kerry or Obama is the propaganda in the spirit of the “cold war”, whose simple constructions have been hammered into the heads of the world community since the end of the Second World War. But even against it, a "trump card" was found - the declassification of the dark secrets of "democracy", showing where the true Empire of Evil is and what it is.
Observed and translated by Oleg Chuvakin
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