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Can Snowden, Leaker of U.S. Secrets, Reach Asylum in Ecuador? U.S. Watches Closely

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are wondering whether Edward Snowden, the leaker of widespread surveillance, can make it to Ecuador, which has offered the U.S. citizen asylum, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Authorities believe Snowden is in the transit zone at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, where Russian officials said they don’t have authority to apprehend the former NSA contractor.

But for Snowden to reach Ecuador, he needs to find a county that would allow him free transit there and temporary travel documents, The Wall Street Journal reports. 

“He does not have any documents issued by the government of Ecuador, such as a passport or a refugee identification,” said Galo Galarza, a senior ministry official.

Russian President Putin Says He Had No Grounds to Arrest Snowden

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Russian President Vladimir Putin maintained Tuesday that he had no authority to take custody of the NSA leaker-turned-international fugitive, The Washington Post reports.

Both countries exchanged blows over the handling of Edward Snowden, who arrived in Russia from Hong Kong on Saturday.

Putin told the U.S. that he had no grounds to take Snowden into custody.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry responded that Russia was defying international convention by permitting a fugitive to be loose in an airport’s transit zone, the Post wrote.

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Judge Rules FBI Must Release Dotcom Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

U.S. federal authorities cannot extradite the founder of the Megaupload online file-sharing site without evidence supporting charges of copyright breaches and internet piracy, a New Zealand court ruled Thursday, Reuters reports.

“Without access to materials relevant to the extradition hearing phase, the person sought will be significantly constrained in his or her ability to participate in the hearing,” Justice Helen Winkelmann said in a written judgment.

The FBI claims Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload, netted millions of dollars by copying movies and music without authorization.

Dotcom was arrested by New Zealand authorities at his rented house near Auckland in late January.

20-Year-Old Mexican Police Chief Seeks Asylum in U.S. Following Death Threats From Cartels

Media Leak Led to Judge Granting Asylum to Pres. Obama’s Aunt

onyangoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A leak to the media prompted an immigration judge to grant asylum to President Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango who lives in Boston public housing, the Boston Globe reported.

The paper reported that the judge, Leonard I. Shapiro, ruled the asylum was granted because of an anonymous federal official in the Bush administration, who leaked information about her immigration status, and consequently  exposed her to potentially more threats in her native Kenya, the Globe reported, citing the court ruling.

Onyango was granted asylum in May, but the reasons why were not released, triggering speculation, particularly among conservative Republicans, that she got favorable treatment because of her relationship with the president. Her two previous requests were rejected.

Immigration Judge Shapiro, a Republican appointee, harshly wrote in his ruling that a Bush administration official leaked the information to the Associated Press, which threw her into the spotlight in a “highly publicized and highly politicized manner’’ days before the November 2008, the Globe reported.

“Moreover,’’ he wrote, according to the Globe, that “the disclosure . . . was a reckless and illegal violation of her right to privacy which has exposed her to great risk.’

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