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Edward Snowden asks for asylum in Ecuador: live updates


The NSA whistleblower left Hong Kong on an Aeroflot flight to Moscow, two days after the US charged him with espionage, before applying for asylum in Ecuador

Peter Walker and Jim Newell

Sunday 23 June 2013 15.33 EDT

Edward Snowden, who has left Hong Kong on a plane to Moscow. Photograph: AP


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As we await further developments, here's your daily debate-refocusing.

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State department statement

From State department chief spokesperson Jen Psaki:

As is routine and consistent with US regulations, persons with felony arrest warrants are subject to having their passport revoked. Such a revocation does not affect citizenship status. Persons wanted on felony charges, such as Mr. Snowden, should not be allowed to proceed in any further international travel, other than is necessary to return him to the United States. Because of the Privacy Act, we cannot comment on Mr. Snowden's passport specifically.

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Congressman Peter King, always in sea…


Top 10 Rainiest Places

Everyone in the world has a different view on the rain, some love it, some hate it, and some don’t care whatever the weather. Here we love the rain and want to celebrate its importance in the world, and on the way have as much fun in the wet stuff as we can!

There are so many places in the world which receive tiny amounts of rain and make living in this type of environment almost impossible.

 Below is a list of opposite environments, places on earth that have inch after inch after inch of rainfall every year. So here it is, a list of the world’s top 10 wettest places to live.

The top 10 rainiest places on earth:

Here is a list of the top 10 rainiest places around the world in ascending order. 

We start with a mere 200-300 inches (500-760 cm) of annual rainfall, working our way up to the extreme rainfall levels of the world with places receiving over 400 inches (over 1,000 cm) a year. Can you imagine 10 metres of rainfall every year?

10. Tavoy, Myanmar:
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Snowden llegó a Moscú en viaje a Caracas y pidió asilo a Ecuador

Pasajeros afirmaron haber visto un coche aparcado en la pista de aterrizaje. AFP

Última actualización: 23-06-2013 12:25 pm

Hong Kong desoye las peticiones de EEUU y permite a Snowden huir a Moscú


El exagente estadounidense Edward Snowden llegó este domingo a Moscú tras salir de Hong Kong en un vuelo comercial ruso para dirigirse a Caracas vía La Habana, de acuerdo con Aeroflot.

Snowden pidió asilo a Ecuador, eludiendo la petición de extradición de Estados Unidos que lo acusa de espionaje.

 El canciller ecuatoriano, Ricardo Patiño, confirmó que Edward Snowden, ex consultor de la Agencia Central de Inteligencia de Estados Unidos, pidió asilo a su país.

"El gobierno del Ecuador ha recibido solicitud de asilo de parte de Edward Snowden", afirmó el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Ecuador a través de su cuenta de Twitter.

El avión en el que, según fuentes concordantes, se encontraba Edward Snowden, aterrizó poco después de las 5:00 p.m. (hora local…

WikiLeaks Statement On Edward Snowden’s Exit From Hong Kong - UPDATED

Sunday June 23, 17:50 BST


Mr Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who exposed evidence of a global surveillance regime conducted by US and UK intelligence agencies, has left Hong Kong legally. He is bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks.

Mr Snowden requested that WikiLeaks use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety. Once Mr Snowden arrives in Ecuador his request will be formally processed.

Former Spanish Judge Mr Baltasar Garzon, legal director of Wikileaks and lawyer for Julian Assange has made the following statement:

"The WikiLeaks legal team and I are interested in preserving Mr Snowden’s rights and protecting him as a person. What is being done to Mr Snowden and to Mr Julian Assange - for making or facilitating disclosures in the public interest - is an assault against the people".



Plane believed to be carrying NSA leaker Eric Snowden in Moscow

Jun. 23, 2013 9:53 AM

This file picture taken on June 18, 2013 shows a woman walking past a banner displayed in support of former US spy Edward Snowden in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has risked the threat of US reprisals in allowing Edward Snowden to leave. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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Associated Press

MOSCOW — A former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the United States for revealing highly classified surveillance programs has been allowed to leave for a “third country” because a U.S. extradition request did not fully comply with Hong Kong law, the territory’s government said Sunday.

An Aeroflot flight from Hong Kong believed to be carrying Edward Snowden landed in Moscow. Russia’s state ITAR-Tass news agency cited an unnamed Aeroflot airline official as saying Snowden was on Flight SU213, which landed on Sunday afternoon in Moscow. The report said he intended to fly to Cuba on Monday and then on to Caracas, Venezuela.

Snowden had been in hiding…

Forget PRISM, the recent NSA leaks are plain: Digital privacy doesn’t exist

Alex Wilhelm
Contact Author
16 June 2013
Updated at 20:18 CEST

It’s the weekend, but I trust you have enough mental clarity to follow something simple: you have no digital privacy, full stop.

Odd that the first functional argument against the cloud would find its sourcing in Washington, but this is the reality that we live in. Earlier today, TNW’s Martin Bryant published a mild-mannered article with the title “PRISM update: Recent reports you definitely shouldn’t miss.” He was quite right, but not nearly severe enough.

The AP has done an admirable public service by releasing what we’ve been trying to understand for the last week. Simply put, PRISM is only a small piece of the NSA’s larger digital surveillance efforts.

This is not a surprise to some, especially those marinated in the privacy scandals of the early 2000s. However, we all weren’t part of that fight, and PRISM has brought the issue back to the fore. It’s worth noting our current situation, and how the newly leaked program fits in…