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International Community Rejects American Hegemony In Efforts To Capture Snowden

June 25, 2013 by  

International Community Rejects American Hegemony In Efforts To Capture Snowden

With regard to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, it looks like the United States’ international hegemonic policies have encouraged a number of foreign leaders to question the Nation’s dedication to justice and resist calls to turn the whistle-blower over to U.S. authorities.

There is a noticeable disconnect between what U.S. officials say on the international stage about the need to protect whistle-blowers and dissidents, and how officials go about dealing with people who engage in those activities at home.

As of Monday, Russian and Ecuadorian officials were in close contact discussing options for providing asylum from U.S. prosecution to Snowden, who traveled to Russia at the invitation of government officials over the weekend.

The Administration of President Barack Obama, a bipartisan troop of American establishment lawmakers and U.S. prosecutors have already declared Snowden a traitor and charged him with spying under the outdated Espionage Act of 1917. Meanwhile, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino asked a question Monday that is likely on the minds of most average Americans: Has Snowden really betrayed average Americans and their safety, or did he simply ruffle the feathers of the Nation’s powerful elite?

Ecuador is considering offering Snowden permanent asylum, questioning whether the whistle-blower has any real chance of receiving a fair trial in his home country. The nation’s leaders say they feel compelled to offer Snowden asylum because they operate under a policy of placing human rights before the interests of any party. Furthermore, Ecuadorian officials say it doesn’t make sense that a man who revealed rights abuses would face prosecution from the alleged abusers.

“It should be asked, who betrayed whom,” Patino stressed, as he questioned calling Snowden’s leak “treason.”

“Is this betraying the citizens of the world, or betraying some elites that are in power in a certain country?” the Minister pondered.

In making his case for asylum to the international community, Snowden has plenty of examples to strengthen his argument. He has frequently referenced the Federal government’s treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning leading up to his court martial for leaking Army documents to Wikileaks. That leak turned international opinion strongly against the United States, as it highlighted possible war crimes at the hands of American soldiers.

“It is unlikely that I will have a fair trial or humane treatment before trial, and also I have the risk of life imprisonment or death,” Snowden said in his asylum bid.

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has doubled down on portraying Snowden as a traitor. Secretary of State John Kerry chided nations that have helped Snowden evade U.S. officials.

“There would be without any question some effect and impact on the relationship” with the United States if foreign actions were helping the whistle-blower skirt American prosecution.

“There is a surrender treaty with Hong Kong and, if there was adequate notice, I don’t know yet what the communication status was, but if there was, it would be very disappointing if he was willfully allowed to board an airplane as a result,” Kerry said. “With respect to Russia, likewise.”

As for Ecuador, officials in the nation appear poised to reject U.S. efforts to prosecute Snowden as well.

“The relationship between the U.S. and Ecuador should be based on respect for the sovereignty of both countries and our actions are founded on our principles. We consider the consequences of our decisions, but we act in the name of our principles,” said Patino.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Kay

    They need to leave Snowden alone. What he did was a very good thing for the American people. Our sorry US government needs to figure out how they are going to make this up to the American people. How did it get like this? How did our government get so sorry? They don’t care about the people…all they care about is their pocket books. Crooks!!

  • cma

    We the citizens should stand by Snowden, Equador is right to ask such questions, the elites created their own problems when they betrayed us citizens! They betrayed us all by violating OUR rights! And they can claim that it was for this reason or that reason but the sad truth is that they did it for themselves for personal gains, to think that there was any altruism is ignorant. The elites are and always have been for the elites and its always been that way since this country was founded.

    • Tommy cunningham

      Even if the did it for security it would still be wrong , rather take my chances than to give up liberty for security. Franklin said it best, those who give up liberty for security does not deserve it and will loose both!

  • Kay

    It is sad that he is having to run. You don’t see our sorry government running for what they did. Oh yeah….but they can do what they want…manipulated by money…crooked politics!!

  • Tommy cunningham

    Tells the story when a citizen informs the people of the goverments illegal activities and violation of 4th, then he has to run to Moscow to keep his liberty…. What has America become! We use to be the life boat for those seeking liberty and justice, not anymore!!!!

  • http://chooseistudy.ws Allan Bailey

    “Pride goeth before destruction; and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

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  • Nikki Crowe

    Yeah Patino! You’ve got it right!

  • http://Dennisardell@msn.C Dennis Ardell

    John Kerry, the bastard who sold all Vietnam vets, and the people of South Vietnam, with his vile hatred for our soldiers, is now calling someone a traitor to this country. John Kerry, another supreme example if hypocrisy!

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