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a very warm welcome to you from all of us here at. headline. and i say. whistleblower edward snowden he's awaiting a flight out of moscow which is thought to be destined for cuba and it's leaving in just a few hours here in the russian capital on sunday having fled hong kong with washington in hot pursuit. for us right now. 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 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 is 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 but they needed guarantees that the charges against him politically motivated in the fact that he has been allowed to leave the chinese territory would suggest that those guarantees not met were. not traveling alone he does have representatives as you say legal representatives from wiki leaks traveling with him because it's wiki leaks. the into. securing his safe passage. eventually. is also. tempted to broker the deal that will secure him they hope asylum in ecuador. now mr snowden has apparently spent the night at the airport hotel located . where mr scott was
a moment ago our correspondent is inside the top. the biggest questions for now is where is mr mr snowden actually inside this transit zone where it's most likely that mr snowden is because since he landed his plane landed and should immediately airport around five pm on sunday he's still not been seen leaving the airports truman says and well there is speculation that he doesn't have a russian visa plus he's passport was in validated so you can't walk out of the airport leave its premises so it's most likely that he's inside this transit zone now there's speculation that he may be staying at this capsule hotel within the zone and also we know that the ecuadorian embassador a visit at the sheremetyevo airport on sunday and spent a few hours behind closed doors at the the ip 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 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 a flank here cuba this is according to speculation in the media which quotes an unnamed source with an aeroflot just to remind you again his passport has been invalidated nevertheless he was still let out of china apparently allowed to enter russia and on one hand this doesn't really fit into international legal practices but on the other hand this is the great area in international war which apparently is not such
a big obstacle if your passport has been in needed then you could still answer or leave a country and apparently this is what we're seeing you know in fact this flight leaves at around two pm moscow time. artie's a good personal reporting right now snowden's journeys since he set off to expose the extent of washington spying will mark a whistleblowers odyssey of sorts it was a may twentieth that he began his trip by flying from hawaii where he worked as an n.s.a. contractor all the way over to hong kong and over the next month he dominated the headlines with revelations about the true scope of u.s. surveillance in company with the entire planet on sunday without warning though he boarded a flight from moscow that was just a day after washington said we want our hands on him and next though he reportedly is set to fly to cuba possibly to caracas and then the final destination at this point with thinking with that of quito ecuador is we keeping you posted on this story here is going to be nearly around the world trip for mr snowden ecuador
saying though if indeed he does want to come there it is considering mr snowden's request for asylum a plea reportedly organized by wiki leaks now of these lindsey france who said ecuador's embassy here in moscow reports on quito a stake in all of this. as we have reported earlier this morning the foreign minister did 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 assad has been sheltered within the four walls of the ecuadorian embassy in london for the past year 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 but in 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 although it does not apply to crimes and offenses of a political character the justice department though does say that will not prevent it from seeking snowden wherever hate he may be including ecuador 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 to 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 it that is one reason why a wiki leaks says it has brought someone being sarah harrison along with snowden so
wiki leaks has really flexed a lot of muscle in this situation its leader julie massage has 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. to ation 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. getting its hands on snowden if indeed ecuador is his final destination. of course want to leave the france right there outside the ecuadorian embassy in moscow and while the american was a blow is awaiting his asylum verdict the army but also 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 fifty some odd thousand not necessary political refugees but i think also that the genius aunt has also helped make a safe haven for those persecuted politically and i think it's a wonderful watershed moment for the concert an effort to protect edward snowden i think it's a very good initiative is a great you know an irony of this whole story normally during the cold war they would be traveling to the us 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 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. in the meantime the u.s. is doing all it can to derail snowden's quest for freedom as washington makes its moves on the global chessboard american officials confirm the whistleblowers passport was revoked before he left hong kong all in the attempt to thwart his travel plans artie's guy nature can report on the steps america is willing to take to put snowden on a trial on its own soil. 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 snowden 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 me demanding an explanation he was because these revelations show that he was the lie that he has been doing the same 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 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 meeting snowden to embarrass the west and one 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 case most of this catching. 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 partner 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 going age to kind of washington reporting there and to hear it out see we spoke to attorney and historian gerald horne explained why he believes u.s. attempts to put a spoke in the wheels of the whistleblower will most likely to prove out to be unsuccessful. will we listen to the congress persons appearing on sunday church to do united states mourn with their breathing fire threatening measures just short of nuclear war if mr snow 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 deemed 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. now america'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 that 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 turn 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. it's good to have you with us here on r.t. today on rule received after a very short break and we'll look at what edward snowden did to deserve such attention from u.s. prosecutors also we report on what an ordinary citizen can do to complicate the job of government wiretap us all that and more just a sec. wealthy british style.
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let me give you a very quick wrap up of our top story today the man of wanted by america n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden he's in a moscow airport as far as we understand he's standing by for a plane to possibly cuba venezuela and then possibly ecuador as a final destination now snowden is the seventh person the obama administration has has had in its crosshairs over a leaking sensitive data let's have a closer look now what exactly sparked america's outrage how it all began snowden disclosed documents showing the n.s.a. has access to shoot streams of internet data including emails chat rooms on videos from large companies such as google and facebook and the u.s. government used the secret foreign intelligence surveillance court to gather an extensive range of information from the phone service provider. he also revealed how both mainland china and hong kong have been the victim of hundreds of cyber
attacks by u.s. hackers and according to the latest leak the u.k. is collecting and storing huge amounts of sensitive personal data from online and telephone traffic and then sending it straight to america or the british human rights activist peter tatchell he believes it's the u.s. government and not snowden who should end up being punished. but she will deny the states 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 to dozens 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 it would snowden was employed by the united states as a spy yet now they are seeking to arrest him for spying it seems complete enough
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 their power to pry into the lives of ordinary citizens worldwide people are trying to protect themselves seeking out services that shield their personal information and this is led to a veritable boom of digital encryption as ati's marina portnoy reports. in a post prism world some are losing and others are game go both arise and 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 fill 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. and national security agency and big data companies we have created an architecture that doesn't share the keep cryptographic keys with the servers the 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. it's just i mean it's not growing every day percentages. or growth in most application as sensually allows you to create a new identity with a secure phone number or need to be every day. going forward not just. of the. other countries. i guess you could call it easy as you are of 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 us 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's thought and. i think that the technology we provide is only part of the solution i think we also have to try to push. ahead 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 . and he will activist he believes there would have to be a major overhaul in washington before anything's changed in order for it to try and abandon its ongoing 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. unless there's a fundamental change in 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 have shown that governments around the world have an insatiable appetite for your data so on the web site all to you dot com right now we're asking basically do you have a problem with any government around the world stealing and storing your private personal information well and by the looks of things from. you do you have a problem for the seventy four percent of all voters are from the website of saying that you know what it's totally and utterly unacceptable governments cannot be stealing personal data down to sixteen percent now saying well you know what we're not even going to get involved in your online poll because then somebody might start tracking us in our opinion then let's go down to the bare minimum here three percent saying there's absolutely nothing wrong with government spying on people provided you got nothing. i would still gauging your pulse on this here on odyssey just head over to dot com right now you can still get involved with our top story
that of edward snowden the former cia agent current will simple on the move now in moscow away what he had next it looks like ecuador do stay with us here and for more on that as we now a move aside for people of al uncross talk to the right way. see good laboratory kirby was. to build. anything mission to teach me. this is why you should care only. react to situations i have read the reports. and know i will leave them to the
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