Connect to share and comment

News you wish you didn't know.

Edward Snowden may be stuck in Russia after passport canceled, says Wikileaks

Wikileaks has ridiculed the US decision to cancel fugitive Edward Snowden's passport, saying it may mean he is permanently stranded in Russia.
Snowden 06 25 2013Enlarge
Edward Snowden. It appears Russia's offer of political asylum was probably for show. (YouTube/Screengrab)

Edward Snowden, wanted by the United States for leaking state secrets, may be permanently stuck in Russia, WikiLeaks claimed Wednesday.

A US government official told the Associated Press that the State Department revoked Snowden's passport before he left Hong Kong for Russia.

Washington had said the passport cancelation would likely prevent him from traveling internationally.

However, the US official conceded, another country could overlook the withdrawn passport and allow Snowden in.

More from GlobalPost: Snowden strains US-Russia relations

WikiLeaks earlier said that its representative Sarah Harrison accompanied Snowden on a plane from Hong Kong to Moscow on Sunday.

After expressing indignation at US claims that Russia had allowed Snowden to enter the country — and after much speculation on his whereabouts — President Vladimir Putin confirmed Tuesday that Snowden was in the transit area of a Moscow airport.

Washington had warned a day earlier that any countries helping Snowden travel from Hong Kong to Moscow would face consequences in bilateral relations.

The White House also said that Russia had a "clear legal basis" to expel Snowden and should do so without delay.

However, Putin retorted that Russia did not have a relevant extradition agreement with the US.

According to RIA Novosti, he added:

"I hope that this won’t affect … our relationship with the United States in any way."

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/edward-snowden-wikileaks-state-secrets-cia-nsa-us-spies-espionage