US Pushes Latin America: Say No to Snowden
Administration fears he's got docs on China spying
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 12, 2013 7:06 AM CDT
Updated Jul 12, 2013 7:31 AM CDT
Edward Snowden supporters hold signs during a demonstration outside the US Consulate in Hong Kong, June 15, 2013. The Chinese reads, "Say No to Persecutor."   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

(Newser) – President Obama may not be scrambling jets to get Edward Snowden, but he appears to be scrambling just about everything else. The New York Times reports that the State Department is putting a "full-court press" on Snowden, from Joe Biden's phone call last month to Ecuador President Rafael Correa to urge him to say no to the leaker. "There is not a country in the hemisphere whose government does not understand our position at this point," a senior State official says. Taking particular heat are Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, which have testy relations with the US and have said they're open to taking Snowden.

  • One reason for the push: The NSA is terrified that Snowden has, and might make public, documents related to its espionage against Chinese leaders, the Washington Post reports. "He got a lot," one senior intelligence officials says, but it was "not even close to the lion's share" of what the NSA is up to.
  • They're also worried about Glenn Greenwald's assertion that Snowden has entrusted encrypted documents to trusted people around the world, so that "if anything happens to him" they will be revealed, raising concerns that Snowden doesn't control the data anymore.
  • Given the intensity of the effort, experts have some advice for Snowden: Fly commercial. Unlike private or government jets, commercial airlines are free to pass through other countries' airspace, Reuters explains, which given the Bolivian plane fiasco now looks critical.

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Jul 13, 2013 1:10 AM CDT
America the bully.
Jul 12, 2013 12:40 PM CDT
If only Justin Bieber and Snowden got splash in the face with urine, that would make my week.
Jul 12, 2013 11:23 AM CDT
His "freedom," for the rest of his natural life, will be theoretical at this point. The US government will see to that, no matter where he "lives." At least in jail here he could watch American TV shows and he'll know where he stands.