Monday, July 1, 2013

Snowden applies for political asylum in Russia



Vladimir Putin has for the first time floated the idea of the US whistleblower Edward Snowden remaining in Russia, hours after the fugitive applied for political asylum in the country.  
Putin has played this well. By attaching a requirement not to embarrass America, he succeeds in undermining John McCain's attempt to portray Snowden as a "Russian plot." But at the same time, while Snowden's information might no longer be made public, there is no doubt Russia will have access to all the down and dirty NSA secrets they could ever want.  Game, set, and match, Putin!


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