Alexy Pushkov, the head of the Foreign Affairs committee in Russia’s lower house said at the World Economic Forum at Davos that Edward Snowden’s asylum will be extended and that Russia would not hand him over to the USA.
This must come as a disappointment to those in the US who hoped that he would be forced out of Russia and thus more susceptible to capture by agents of the US.
Meanwhile Attorney General Eric Holder has said that they would be willing to make a deal with Snowden through his lawyers provided he pleads guilty. Right.
Snowden has already said that he cannot get a fair trial in the US since as an employee of a contractor he does not qualify for the government whistleblower protections, though the government has abused that too.
“There are so many holes in the laws, the protections they afford are so weak, and the processes for reporting they provide are so ineffective that they appear to be intended to discourage reporting of even the clearest wrongdoing,” [Snowden] wrote. “… My case clearly demonstrates the need for comprehensive whistle-blower protection act reform.”