Edward--it's all about me, me, me, me
--Snowden picks on puny little Norway
(Russia being too powerful with its nukes?);
American fugitive and whistle-blower Edward Snowden was, as
expected, forced to resort to video link over the weekend when accepting
a prize he won from a Norwegian group that champions freedom of
expression. He took the opportunity to criticize not only his US
homeland, where he faces treason charges, but Russia (where he has
asylum) and Norway as well, and he may even sue Norway for failing to
offer him protection from US authorities.
Talk about 'biting the hand...'
For the time being, Snowden is forced to remain in Moscow, where he
was when US authorities nullified his US passport. Snowden said he
sought asylum in 21 countries, including Norway, and was met with
silence. Russia was the only one to offer him asylum and he’s thus been
there since 2013, even though he has boldly declared that Russia was one
of the last places he wanted to live because of its own restrictions on
freedom of expression. “The Russian authorities control more and more
of the Internet, they control what folks are allowed to see,” he
claimed, adding that the media and communications control is both
“disappointing and frustrating.”
Let's see, there's always North Korea, Venezuela, or Pope Francis's latest beau ideal
Now Snowden says he’s willing to sue to test his legal right to
asylum in another, more democratic country, as a whistle-blower.
Norway, Germany, Switzerland and France are the most likely places, he
said, where he may legally demand his right in an attempt to obtain
He also called on Norwegian authorities, both in the foreign ministry
and in other state agencies, to think about how the US asked them to
violate their own standard procedures, asylum rules and respect for
international rights to seek asylum. Norway, in his view, lost an
opportunity to assert its own independence.
Speaking as a lost opportunist himself.
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