Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/2/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Snowden now unlikely to accept asylum in Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin made some comments Monday that appear out-of-character for a frenemy of the United States. Putin suggested that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden could be granted asylum in Russia, but only if he stops leaking secrets. Meanwhile, U.S. allies are upset at the latest revelation that the U.S. has bugged their facilities and networks.

Putin has laid out conditions for Snowden to seek asylum in Russia.

Putin has laid out conditions for Snowden to seek asylum in Russia.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/2/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Snowden, Russia, China, Ecuador, spying, NSA, PRISM


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Despite high-level negotiations confirmed by President Obama, Putin has repeated his word that he will not extradite NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the United States.

Showden is thought to be living in the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow. Since he is reportedly residing in the international section of his terminal, Russian authorities deny that he has actually entered Russia and say they have no jurisdiction over him.

Despite his permitted residence in the terminal, Putin has reiterated that he'd prefer Snowden leave. "If he wants to go somewhere and there are those who would take him, he is welcome to do that," Putin said.

Curiously, he added, "If he wants to stay here, there is one condition: he must stop his activities aimed at inflicting damage to our American partners, no matter how strange it may sound on my lips."

Putin clarified his understanding of Snowden. "Just because he feels that he is a human rights defender, rights activist, he doesn't seem to have an intention to stop such work," the Russian President said.

This means Snowden will likely remain in limbo in the Sheremetyevo airport, and he will continue leaking information.

It is unclear if Snowden has sought asylum in Russia, there have been mixed reports that he has done so. The Federal Migration Service of Russia says they have no such application from Snowden.

Meanwhile, the United States has revoked his passport and Ecuador, which a week ago appeared to be a likely destination for Snowden, has revoked Snowden's temporary travel documents and has hinted that it may actually deny Snowden's application.

Ecuador had previously stated that it would take at least eight weeks to process the application. Last week, Obama made threats against Ecuador, should the country accept Snowden. Ecuadorian President Correa lashed back at the U.S. publicly, but the government appears to have chilled to the prospect of granting Snowden's request.

Meanwhile, Snowden has fired his latest salvo, with the German newspaper, Der Spiegel reporting that the United States has bugged the European Union offices in Washington D.C. and hacked into the computer network there.

The news that the U.S. was spying on its own allies has prompted shocked, angry responses from members of the European Union.

European officials have suggested the news could hinder free trade negations between the U.S. and E.U., but experts say a disruption in trade is unlikely, citing the fact that trade between the two continents remains largely divorced from politics.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.



Comments


More Europe

European leaders warn Putin to back down: Threaten more sanctions if Ukraine ceasefire is violated Watch

Image of While the February 12 ceasefire seems to be holding for the moment. European leaders warn that should violence resume, the international community will have no choice but to implement further sanctions against Russia.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While the current ceasefire agreement is apparently holding in Ukraine, European leaders and President Obama warned Russia that they would come down hard and slap on a new round of economic sanctions if the ceasefire was violated. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


TERROR THREAT VERY REAL: Vatican Inspector General says security on high alert Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Inspector General of the Vatican's police force, Domenico Giani says that he is unaware of any plan to attack the Vatican or Pope Francis, but the threat of terrorism remains very real - and that security remains on very high alert there. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Mass grave discovered underneath Paris supermarket Watch

Image of The bodies were discovered in eight graves, according to a news release from the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Renovations being made to an existing Paris supermarket have uncovered a mass grave with more than 200 skeletons. Excavators turned over the grisly discovery to archaeologists in order to learn the historical answers to the grisly mystery. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


IT'S NOT REALLY OVER: Russian-backed rebels use ceasefire to rearm for grand offensive Watch

Image of Ukrainian rebels have been using the ceasefire to rearm and train for future attacks against Ukrainian army forces.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Despite a five party ceasefire agreement signed in February, there is no peace in Ukraine, and further bloodshed appears to be on the horizon. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Russian-backed rebels are using the ceasefire to regroup, rearm and train for another ... continue reading


Hook, line, sinker! Woman sends over $1 MILLION to man she's never met Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Is it possible to fall in love online or over the telephone? Obviously, as a woman, identified only as "Sarah" told Dr. Phil, she sent a man she's never met over ONE MILLION DOLLARS, in the 18 months they've been emailing and calling each other. She is certain ... continue reading


REVEALED AT LAST: Dreaded 'Jihadi John,' ISIS murderer, has face shown in college portrait Watch

Image of Jihadi John's college photo shows him with a solemn expression - hinting at the inhumanity to come.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Former London resident Mohammed Emwazi, who would go on to worldwide infamy as  "Jihadi John," Islamist State's most notorious executioner has had his college portrait released. Emwazi sports a Pittsburgh Pirates cap, reportedly for his University of ... continue reading


France uneasy as drones spotted over U.S. Embassy, landmarks - Terrorists suspected Watch

Image of Soldiers guard several sites in Paris as the threat of terror attacks grows.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

French officials are worried that a terror attack may be imminent in Paris after drones were spotted flying over several landmarks including the U.S. Embassy. Police were unable to locate the operators. PARIS, FRANCE (Catholic Online) - The AFP is reporting that for ... continue reading


U.S. soldiers dare Putin just 300 yards from Russian border Watch

Image of A U.S. Army armored personal carrier during a military parade in Estonia to mark the nation's independence day.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A sign of growing tension in Europe, and possibly a warning to Russia occurred in the Baltic nation of Estonia, as it marked its independence day with a military parade that prominently featured troops and equipment from NATO forces - including U.S. troops - that ... continue reading


Former Russian soldier reveals that Putin has sent troops into Ukraine! Watch

Image of Moscow denied that Russian soldiers were in Crimea when it was taken, but that proved to be a lie.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The ceasefire that was agreed to in Minsk by the leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia did not last even a day before Russian supported rebels broke it by shelling the besieged town of Debaltseve which prompted a withdrawal of Ukraine forces. LOS ... continue reading


Italy deploys 1,800 soldiers in response to possible ISIS attacks on Vatican and Italy Watch

Image of The Islamic State's large presence in Libya has worried many in Europe, and fears are growing that an attempt could be made on the Pope's life.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Because of the growing power of the Islamic State in Libya, as well as threats made by the group against the Vatican and Pope Francis, security across Italy and the Vatican has been stepped up, officials revealed on February 18. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


All Europe News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 18:18-20
18 'Come on,' they said, 'let us concoct a plot ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 31:5-6, 14, 15-16
5 to your hands I commit my spirit, by you have I ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 20:17-28
17 Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, and on the road ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 4th, 2015 Image

St. Casimir
March 4: Casimir grew up in a world where his life was not his own. As a ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter