Snowden to Meet With Human Rights Groups in Quest for Asylum

Friday, July 12, 2013

After three weeks of silence, NSA leaker Edward Snowden is meeting with international human rights workers today from his base in the Moscow Airport.

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration continues to pressure Latin American leaders, hoping to convince the left-leaning governments of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia against granting Snowden asylum.

In an email invitation to groups like Human Rights Watch and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Snowden wrote that he has "been extremely fortunate to enjoy and accept many offers of support and asylum from brave countries around the world,” according to The New York Times. In the note, Snowden says that U.S. government is carrying out an "unlawful campaign" to block his attempts at being granted asylum.

Ellen Barry, Moscow correspondent for our partner The New York Times, describes the possible outcomes this meeting could produce.

Guests:

Ellen Barry

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

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