Saturday 17 March 2018

Snowden left in legal limbo over lack of valid passport

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Shaun Walker

The prospect of an extended stay in limbo at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport looms for Edward Snowden, pictured, as his lack of a valid passport may mean he is unable to enter Russia or buy an onward flight.

Mr Snowden, pictured, who leaked information about US surveillance programmes, has applied for asylum in Ecuador, but the country's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said yesterday that a decision could be months away.

Meanwhile, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has said his country would also consider providing Mr Snowden with a new home. Mr Patino said that for Mr Snowden to be granted safe passage while Ecuador considers his application, he would have to "go to the embassy".

But it will not be easy for Mr Snowden to do so; with no passport, he is unable to clear immigration. Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that Russian intelligence (FSB) was attempting to find out Mr Snowden's secrets, which was corroborated by WikiLeaks.

"Mr Snowden is not being 'debriefed' by the FSB," WikiLeaks tweeted. Rumours of FSB involvement have been boosted by the fact that journalists scouring Sheremetyevo since Sunday have not once seen Mr Snowden. (© Independent News Service)

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