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thank you for joining us here today. live in moscow with a full plate of news today let's get right into it. and they say. snowden is awaiting a flight. which is thought to be destined for cuba and it's leaving in just a matter of hours he arrived in the russian capital on sunday having fled hong kong with washington in hot pursuit. for. well as far as we understand edward snowden does remain here moscow's sheremetyevo airport in the terminal building behind me as you say here arrived just after five o'clock on a sunday afternoon on a commercial flight. from hong kong he was greeted by the ecuadorian ambassador and three hours after the confirmation came that he had sought political asylum in the south american country. we still believe is mulling over whether or not to grant
asylum to edward snowden he is expected to just remain in transit here in moscow before flying in cuba a little bit later on this afternoon but to really put this story in context to rewind and see what's happened over the last twenty four forty eight hours or so really over the course of the weekend because it was on friday that the charges against edward snowden were made public for the very first time now the complaint was filed by the u.s. government on june the fourteenth but as i say the charges only were made public on friday now the charges include theft of government property. communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified intelligence now the final two of those charges under the espionage act and carry a maximum of ten years in prison edward snowden now knows what he's up against and knows exactly what he faces if he does indeed return to the united states and on saturday the u.s. government began extradition proceedings against edward snowden they were in
communication with the hong kong authorities. initially said they were prepared to work with the u.s. government to extradite edward snowden to the united states that they needed guarantees that the charges against him. in the fact that he has been allowed to leave the chinese territory would suggest that those guarantees not met were led to believe he's not traveling alone he does have representatives as you say legal representatives from wiki leaks traveling with him because it's wiki leaks apparently broke at the end. ideal securing his safe passage from hong kong eventually hopefully on snyder's behalf to ecuador by moscow. and it is also a wiki leaks you know of attempted to broker the deal that will secure him they hype asylum in ecuador. called the reporter from the airport and has apparently spent the night in that airport ok to dwell within the transit zone . correspondent you've got
a piss going off was very very close indeed i can bring us the latest on this a good to see you go to any ideas now mr snowden his whereabouts where is he. it's the biggest mystery at the moment isn't it actually inside this transit zone where it's most likely that mr snowden is because since he landed his plane landed and should i mean airport around five pm on sunday he still not been seen leaving the airport's premisses and well there is speculation that he doesn't have a russian visa plus he's passport was in validated so he can't walk out of the airport leave its premises so it's most likely that he's inside this transit zone you know there's speculation that he may be staying at this capsule will tell within the soul and also we know that the ecuadorian ambassador a visitor at the sheremetyevo airport on sunday and spent a few hours behind closed doors at the launch also here inside the transit
zone so perhaps he was a meeting with mr snowden although he never commented on the whether or not never to be officially confirmed that when he left the airport he was accompanied by some people but nobody could really identify whether the former cia agent was one of them now it's also reported that mr snowden may be waiting for outflank here. cuba this is according to speculation in the media which quotes an unnamed source with an air fault and well. just to remind you again he's fast has been invalidated nevertheless he was still let out of china apparently allowed to enter russia and well on one hand this doesn't really fit into international legal practices but on the other hand this is
a great area in international war which apparently is not such a big obstacle if your passport has been delegated to then you could still. want to leave the country and apparently this is what you know in fact this plane is scheduled to leave around two pm leader on monday. are you going to. thank you. i let's take a backtrack here and i'll give you a broader scope of snowden's journey since he set off to expose the extent of washington spying will mark will supply was an odyssey of sorts on may twentieth he began his trip by flying from the whole why where he worked as an n.s.a. contractor all the way to hong kong over the next month he dominated headlines with the revelations about the true scope of u.s. surveillance in company ultimately the entire planet there was sunday without
warning he boarded a plane from moscow just a day off to washington requested his extradition next though he set to go to cuba we understand been from cuba to caracas venezuela with thinking the final destination point of being quito in ecuador as well as a bit of a round the world trip to it to avoid the u.s. government that is hot on his scent as we speak right now ecuador says though it is considering edward snowden's request for asylum a plea reportedly organized by wiki leaks let's get some more on this right now i want to speak to aussies and lindsey france who standing by for us outside the ecuadorian embassy here in central moscow lindsey oh we're coming to you live now here from our studios good to see you again this morning ecuador playing a role in another case of a whistleblower what can you tell us. well so far rory it would appear that ecuador is the nation responsible for safely conducting edward snowden into russia
hosting him while he is here and then seeing him off to his final destination whether or not that ends up being ecuador as we have reported earlier this morning the foreign minister did i confirm via twitter that edward snowden has officially sought asylum with that country that case is still in process right now now it's no secret that ecuador does shelter whistleblowers julian assange has been sheltered within the four walls of the ecuadorian embassy thought. in london for the past year or so it's no surprise there that as noted is being assisted by wiki leaks that ecuador would be a target for his final destination now the united states has made no secret that it has warned western hemisphere governments likely to host snowden that that they should not shelter him that they should in no way allow him to travel
even over their borders unless it is to return him to the united states and also the united states and ecuador do have a joint extradition treaty so it does not apply to crimes in offenses of a political character the justice department though does say it will that will not prevent it from seeking snowden wherever hate he may be including ecuador we do we're hearing reports to snowden is being accompanied by a wiki leaks advisor right now and any truth to that can you tell us. yes it's been reported by wiki leaks that sarah harrison a very close advisor to julian assange himself and a staff member for the last two years with wiki leaks is accompanying edward snowden on his trip now the u.s. has said that it has. as i had mentioned warned western hemisphere governments not
to allow snowden into the country which makes the brokering of his passage very precarious which is why wiki leaks it says has offered legal counsel and getting him safely out of hong kong into russia and then on to his his next destination so that's that is one reason why wiki leaks says it has brought someone being sarah harrison along with snowden and wiki leaks has really flexed a lot of muscle in this situation its leader julian assange. it's been holed up within the ecuadorian embassy in london for the past year it's had funding blocked members prosecuted but it's asserted itself in this situation and it has really drawn a very close relationship with edward snowden and made itself very very known in this situation which is not characteristic of it in the recent past so it's really showing what an agile organization this really is and what the u.s. government is going to end up having to deal with when it comes to getting its
hands on snowden if indeed ecuador is his final destination right off the course one of the fronts are also at the ecuadorian embassy in moscow thank you. well a while the american whistle blow is awaiting his asylum verdict dion from the free bradley manning support network explain why ecuador has become such a popular destination for those being persecuted politically have very large. numbers of asylum like fifty some odd thousand not necessary political refugees but i think also that the genus one has also helped make a safe haven for those that are persecuted politically and i think it's a wonderful watershed moment were there was that concert effort to protect edward snowden i think it's a very good initiative is a great deal an irony of this whole story normally during the cold war they would be traveling to the u.s. and not via russia to countries like cuba and venezuela but this might perhaps set
a couple things into motion and inspire ecuador to become more of a safe haven for press freedoms i just don't think that you're going to silence this generation these these people are from the internet they're born there the they do digital natives and i think that this is a very very interesting trend very courageous young people stepping up and speaking truth to power and i think that they're just not going be able to plug the leaks you know. and as one might imagine the u.s. is doing all it can to do rail snowden's quest for freedom as washington makes its moves on the global chess board american officials confirmed that whistleblowers passport was revoked before he left hong kong in the desperate hope this would through his travel plans artie's guy nature can report on the steps the u.s. is willing to take to get its hands on mr snowden. u.s. officials confirm that they have in fact revoked edward snowden's passport to stop him from traveling it didn't stop him from flying out of hong kong as we know not
clear whether it was because hong kong officials did not receive the notification in time or because they made a decision to overlook it we know that the u. was has put a lot of pressure on hong kong to arrest in the days and not to let him leave the country but in a statement the government of hong kong says u.s. documentation did not fully comply with the legal requirements on the hong kong law but also in the same statement the government of hong kong that they want more information about the hacking of computer systems in hong kong by u.s. government agencies something that was part of snowden's revelations so in this official statement we see how hong kong shifts the focus from the messenger edward snowden back to the message through the revelations that he has made demanding an explanation from the uighurs because these revelations show that the u.s. ally that it has been doing the save as what he to accuse is china of doing policymakers here in the u.s. are doing everything to shift the attention away from snowden's revelations by focusing on snowden himself or even by attacking other countries like russia is the
freedom trail is not exactly china russia cuba venezuela so i hope we'll chase him to the ends of the earth bring him to justice and let the russians know there will be consequences if they harbor this guy then i was listening to a former director of the cia saying over russia and china are going to use this meaning snowden to embarrass the us and what would argue it's his revelations that embarrass the u.s. not china or russia the u.s. government is clearly afraid of more revelations from snowden i want to get him caught and brought back for trial and i think we need to know exactly what he has. he could have a lot lot more the debate in the u.s. media has shifted to this chase mode to this captain. mouth game it's not all about how we're going to catch him so right now the media is unsympathetic to edward snowden although just
a week ago some of the same journalists who are almost cheerleading for his capture now were grateful for snowden's revelations which were indeed eye opening for all of us as far as the prospect of being caught here's what edward snowden himself said i could be you know rendered by the cia i could have a people come after me or any of their third party partners you know they would they work closely with a number of other nations and that's that's a fear i'll live under for the rest of my life however long that happens to be you can come forward against the world's most powerful intelligence agencies and be completely free from risk because they're such powerful adversaries the no one can meaningfully oppose them. if they want to get you they'll get you in time edward snowden also said it's not government persecution that he fears he said the greatest fear that i have about the outcome of these disclosures is that nothing will change. these gun nature kind reporting there from washington and i we spoke
to attorney and historian gerald horn who explained why he believes u.s. attempts to put a spoke in the wheels of the whistleblower will most likely prove unsuccessful. oh we'll listen to the congress persons appearing on sunday church to do united states more with think so they're breathing fire threatening measures just short of nuclear war if mr snowden is not speedily dispatched back to new york or washington united states for example routinely excepts on its territories citizens fleeing cuba without passports i would also say the united states routinely receives on its soil those it deems to be political dissidents who do not have passports so i don't feel that moscow is hands are tied with regard to mr snowden not having a passport. u.s. attempts to get his hands on edward snowden are actually turning against washington
and helping to boost public support for the dissidents that's according to medea benjamin a co-founder of the pacifist group code pink. the way the government has reacted to this is making snowden. a hero here out there are countries around the world they're making a huge deal out of this and they're giving him a platform to team you to expose what is supposed to be this great open free society has really turned into something very different so the government reaction is actually feeding what i hope will be the growth of the movement to pressure the u.s. government to. kind of activity. so edward snowden former cia agent and now current whistleblower while on the run from america's law more details on this top story after the break here on ott.
mobile device you can watch on t.v. anytime anywhere. live from moscow this is auty with me rory sushil let me give you a very quick wrap up of our top story here on r t today the former cia agent current whistleblower edward snowden on the run he's left hong kong he's now reportedly at moscow's sheremetyevo airport before apparently perhaps boarding a plane with his eventual destination of ecuador let's give you more details here on ati snowden is the seventh person the obama administration has had in his crosshairs of a leaking sensitive data that's of a closer look at what exactly sparked america's outrage he also mostly disclosed documents showing the n.s.a. has access shoestring to
a. names of internet data that's including emails chaffed rooms and videos from large companies such as google and facebook and the u.s. government use the secret foreign intelligence surveillance court to gather an extensive range of information from the phone service provider arisan snowden also revealed how both mainland china and hong kong have been the victims of hundreds of cyber attacks by u.s. hackers and according to his latest leak the u.k. is collecting and storing huge amounts of sensitive personal data from online and telephone track it and then sharing it with the united states a british woman rights activist peter tatchell he believes it's the u.s. government and not snowden who should be punished here but she will deny the state's will be doubling its efforts to try and intercept him and to get an extradition from whatever country they can i think the context of this is that the united states spies on its own citizens it also spies almost
a thousand of millions of other countries i mean millions of people in other countries and this is done without the permission of those countries it is technically illegal and what is extraordinary is that what snowden was employed by the united states as a spy yet now they are seeking to arrest him for spying it seems completely not pocket see when the united states is spying on its own citizens and citizens around the world on a massive scale without proper governmental into strict oversight that within the united states or other countries around the world. and as governments use all powers their disposal to pry into the lives of ordinary citizens worldwide people are trying to protect themselves seeking out services that shield their personal information of this is that to a veritable boom of digital encryption is details now from marty's marine important
. in a post prism world some are losing and others are gaining google of arise in facebook apple and other u.s. technology companies have lost credibility and the trust of their customers encrypted communications services on the other hand are seeing their businesses boom oh it's going crazy. you know a lot of people suspected these. the government u.s. government was spying on americans but now we have this confirmation and so everybody is contacting us now when we've had a huge surge in orders still zimmerman is the co-founder and c.e.o. of silent circle a global encrypted mobile service that protects users' privacy from the u.s. national security agency and big data companies we have created an architecture that doesn't share the key cryptographic keys with the servers and servers that we
control so. if the government tries to persuade us to hand over something that we might have on our servers. we can't give them the keys and we can't give them the decrypted messages we don't keep logs of the of the connections between people so a court order can make us give them something we don't have however privacy doesn't come free and annual membership to silent circle cost one hundred twenty dollars the newest kid on the block is secret the mobile app encrypts voice calls and text messages the south african company has clients in two hundred countries with skyrocketing demands recently coming from the u.s. and u.k. is just i mean it's not growing every day percentages. or growth. application as sensually allows you to create a new identity with a secure phone number or need to be every day and.
going forward not just. of the. other countries. as you call it easy as you were the day meanwhile daily traffic at the search engine start page has doubled in less than a month jumping to nearly four million queries the netherlands based company doesn't store ip addresses search history or use tracking codes and it's not subject to u.s. jurisdiction we strip out anything that would identify you and then we submit the search for you to google on your behalf and then we get the results back from google we strip out any kind of tracking cookies or anything that might be included with that we serve the results to you privately and then we delete all records of your visit so we delete your ip address we delete your search terms and at the end of the day we have no record of anyone even having that on our website while the global push for privacy is accelerating experts say encryption alone won't be
enough the n.s.a. surveillance has is worse than mine were somebody thought and. i think that the technology we provide is only part of the solution i think we also have to try to push back. with public policy debates in the u.s. and get the laws to change the exposure of america's global electronic surveillance program has also revealed alternatives to all those who want to secure their privacy however in most cases people will have to pay to protect their communication from a government that's been accessing and story data for years reporting from new york . heartache. will activists don't believe the would have to be a major overhaul in washington before anything changed and that a ban that it spying techniques. well we should look back to the church hearings back in the seventy's when all kinds of illegal activity by the cia and the f.b.i.
came to the white there were hearings there was legislation and then after that of course they continued to do with it upgraded their capacity to do so so unless there's a fundamental change in the actual power in the united states and unless there's a press that develops in the united states that's critical and interested in investigating what goes on we're going to know about it but it's going to continue . now the snowden leaks show that governments around the world have an insatiable appetite for your personal and your private data so what aussie dot com we're also here right now is that ok you don't have a problem do you with governments around the world stealing and storing your private information well we're also knew that on our t. dot com right now let's see how you're voting you know what apparently you do you have a problem and a very big one of that seventy four percent saying spying on people is totally and utterly unacceptable down to a very distant second position saying well you know what we don't even want to cost of because and we might be tracked like snowden or doubt of assad's hold up in the
london ecuadorian embassy just down to seven percent saying it's ok if government is spying on you if indeed they're looking for terrorists just down to three percent saying there's no problem with widespread snooping if you've got nothing to hide where you can vote online right now we're still gauging your pulse of dot com regarding the big snowden top story is it ok for government and governments around the world to be storing and tracking your private information. it's where you go for that right now but if you stay with us here i'll see as we come to you live from moscow our special report now on the consequences of the military conflict in chechnya the face of war in just a moment. and
you and lives in the u.s. knows that the i.r.s. does not play around one honest or dishonest mistake could get you in a lot of trouble even a longtime friend of mine got his entire life savings destroyed due to some simple honest error you think that workers in an organization that could punish you for your financial failings would be very sharp with their own money but that's sadly not the case according to an audit report from the treasury inspector general for tax administration at the very least one thousand iris employees have abused the charge cards they were issued to cover their official travel expenses some of these people are very high on the ladder including an executive level official a criminal investigator and multiple blois with security clearances much of the abuses related to employees writing checks for big purchases which later bounced due to accounts being empty yeah the people who could ruin your life for one little financial folly seem to have no problem over drawing while they are living it up on taxpayer funded travel to keep things in perspective the i.r.s. is a huge organization so one thousand abusers is
a minority but in the spirit of fairness i think these card abusers should be punished just as harshly as normal people who run afoul of the i.r.s. but that's just my opinion. i believe clay is the perfect material it's a life. working with the demands persuasion going in that you make just a small change and you get a totally different result. was that before getting to work you have to study the material. try to figure out what it looks like most of the.