Whistleblower Edward Snowden is quickly running out of options to evade U.S. capture, as nearly a dozen countries have rejected his request for Asylum. Snowden, who is holed up in Moscow’s airport in an attempt to escape extradition to America, got bad news yesterday when Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that he could stay in the country only if he stopped leaking state secrets.
“It’s true, Snowden did express a request to remain in Russia. But having found out yesterday about Russia’s position, voiced by President Putin, about the conditions for theoretically doing so, he rejected his intention and request to stay in Russia,” Russian news station, RIA Novosti, quoted Putin Spokesman, Peskov Dmitry, as saying.
“This is the decision of Russian authorities. He doesn’t have a passport,” Correa told The Associated Press. “At this moment he’s under the care of the Russian authorities.”
Though Wikileaks, Snowden reportedly released a statement promising to leak more documents,
“In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.”
Snowden is sounding like a man ready to face severe punishment for his convictions…which may come sooner than we expected.