Edward Snowden joins Julian Assange’s Ecuador asylum club
Following in Julian Assange’s footsteps, the NSA PRISM leaker Edward Snowden is now looking for political asylum in Ecuador.
Although they’re both seeking asylum in Ecuador, Snowden and Assange won’t be roomies in London. Snowden is currently being accompanied by WikiLeaks’ Sarah Harrison and is en route to the Republic of Ecuador via Moscow, according to reports.
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”.
It came as no surprise that Assange took interest in Snowden when news broke about his predicament. After Snowden reached out the WikiLeaks for help, the organization responded by sending their legal teams to aid the fleeing American.
Despite existing knowledge of his directions, media reports out of Russia revealed that Snowden was not spotted among the passengers of the Aeroflot flight that landed in Moscow.
It is unclear where Snowden is headed to next, but sources within Aeroflot have reported to the Russian press that he and his political escorts are going to fly to Venezuela via Havana on Monday.