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    Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia

    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country’s territory.The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia, Snowden's legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said.
    “I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service. They are what he needs to leave the transit zone,” he added.
    Kucherena showed the document to the press. According to it, Snowden is free to stay in Russia until at least July 31, 2014. His asylum status may be extended annually upon request.

    Snowden departed at around 15.30 Moscow time (11.30 GMT), airport sources said. His departure came some 30 minutes before his new refugee status was officially announced.
    His present location has not been made public nor will it be disclosed, Kucherena said...
    http://rt.com/news/snowden-entry-papers-russia-902/

    What is the up side to Russia to grant asylum to Snowden?
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    Re: Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport ? RT News

    What is the up side to Russia to grant asylum to Snowden?
    They get to pose to the outside world as the champions of freedom (yes, right) while keeping sufficient leverage over Snowden to keep him from doing anything to really damage relations with the US.

    Snowden gets to experience the freedom and democracy that is modern Rusiia!

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    Re: Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport ? RT News

    What is the up side to Russia to grant asylum to Snowden?
    They get to B-slap Obama from afar. IMO, that's the only reason they would do this.

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    Re: Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia

    The upside is that, for that part of the world that sees the US as being the most dangerous and cruel country operating in the world today (think drones here and there), Russia appears as being concerned with truth and justice.

    Russia is seen as the UNUnited States. It has now replaced the US as the place where political refugees go.

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    Re: Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport ? RT News

    What is the up side to Russia to grant asylum to Snowden?
    the up side is that they get to stick it to the old enemy.
    ‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).

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    Re: Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia

    That and...you know...the dude can tell them all sorts of stuff about how the NSA operates.
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    Re: Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport ? RT News

    What is the up side to Russia to grant asylum to Snowden?
    Perhaps it means we will never hear from him again. One can only hope.

    "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." --HL Mencken

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    Re: Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry David View Post
    The upside is that, for that part of the world that sees the US as being the most dangerous and cruel country operating in the world today (think drones here and there), Russia appears as being concerned with truth and justice.
    hahaha

    Good one.

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    Re: Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport ? RT News

    What is the up side to Russia to grant asylum to Snowden?
    Putin is jamming his thumb in Obama's eye. Putin hates Obama and more importantly, Putin LOVES Putin.

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    Re: Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Putin is jamming his thumb in Obama's eye. Putin hates Obama and more importantly, Putin LOVES Putin.
    I wonder, Vance, if Putin loves Putin more than Obama loves Obama.

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