WikiLeaks Supports Snowden

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Julian Assange is a subject of Academy Award winner Alex Gibney’s new documentary feature We Steal Secrets:  The Story of WikiLeaks Leaks, a Focus World release. Julian Assange is a subject of Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney’s new documentary feature "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks Leaks," a Focus World release. (Focus World)

The case of Edward Snowden, the former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor who leaked classified information on mass NSA surveillance projects, continues to unfold—and grows more complicated each day.

Having fled to Hong Kong, Snowden was supposedly on a plane to Moscow on Sunday. He was to leave for a flight to another country for asylum: Cuba, Ecuador and Venezuela were all mentioned as possibilities.

Snowden never boarded the flight to Havana, and his whereabouts remain unknown.

The U.S. has accused China of purposefully allowing the leaker to leave.

"We are just not buying that this was a technical decision by a Hong Kong immigration official, this was a deliberate choice by the government to release a fugitive, despite a valid arrest warrant, and that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the US-China relationship," Jay Carney, White House press secretary, said at a White House news conference on June 24.

Hong Kong’s Chief executive Leung Chun-ying explained why Snowden was allowed to leave the semi-autonomous region:

"We were asking the United States government for further important information about the case. And there was no legal basis to stop Mr. Snowden from leaving Hong Kong."

But the Obama administration has urged the Russians to hand Snowden over.

"We are expecting the Russians to examine the options available to them to expel Mr. Snowden for his return to the United States," Carney said at the news conference.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks has stated that it has become involved in advising Snowden. Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has stated that he has secured an Ecuadorian travel document for Snowden that will allow him to travel on certain airlines now that his U.S. passport has been revoked.

"Mr. Snowden has submitted an asylum application to Ecuador and possibly to other countries," Assange explained during a teleconference call at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. "He is in a safe place and his spirits are high."

Kristinn Hrafnsson,a spokesperson for WikiLeaks, explains his organization's involvement in the case.


Kristinn Hrafnsson

Produced by:

Tyler Adams

Comments [5]

Craig from Ask the NSA

Wikileaks, Ed Snowden, Bradley Manning and others are what we call "whistleblowers," Mr. Hockenberry. Not flies, not, spies, not saboteurs. The difference? (Please note, Jeff Bercow from Miami.) A whistleblower makes illegal and unethical government behavior known to the public.

Why do so many mainstream media people, despite a lot of lip service to democracy, display such contempt for the role of the news media in giving citizens the information they need to make crucial decisions in a self-ruling republic? Would you rather that American citizens still were completely ignorant of the NSA's unconstitutional activities, the Pentagon's bombing of the Cambodian people, the US Army's human rights abuses in Afghanistan, and on and on and on?

Aug. 27 2013 05:59 PM

Why is the conversation so focused on snowden's status and not on the implications of the information he has brought to light. We have no meaningful 4th amendment left and our constitution had been shredded.

Jul. 02 2013 12:29 PM
David from Portland, OR

Wikileaks and Snowden are right to use extreme caution in what they say to media. It is very strange that certain elements of the public and the press are so concerned with the secrecy of Wikileaks and Snowden, yet seemingly unconcerned with the secrecy of their own government. If only the press were as aggressive in their questioning of government officials...

Jun. 25 2013 01:28 PM
Jeff Bercow from Miami FL

Kind of interesting that its OK for the WikiLeaks organization to use secrecy to cloak its internal workings, but demands transparency from the US government.

Jun. 25 2013 09:23 AM
RJ from prospect hts

WikiLeaks: We don't discuss these matters.

John Hockenberry: "So, WikiLeaks, so you're not denying you beat your wife."

Jun. 25 2013 09:12 AM

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