Wikileaks stated this week that Edward Joseph Snowden delivered a statement to human rights organizations and individuals at Sheremetyevo airport at 5pm Moscow time today, Friday 12th July. The meeting lasted 45 minutes. The human rights organizations included Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and were given the opportunity afterwards to ask Mr Snowden questions.
The Human Rights Watch representative used this opportunity to tell Mr Snowden that on her way to the airport she had received a call from the US Ambassador to Russia, who asked her to relay to Mr Snowden that the US Government does not categorise Mr Snowden as a whistleblower and that he has broken United States law, the statement read.
Wikileaks believes this to be further prove of the United States Government’s persecution of Mr Snowden and therefore his right to seek and accept asylum should be upheld.
In his statment Snowden explained that he had family, a home in paradise, and that he lived in great comfort just over a month ago. In a sentence everyone should think abouth Mr Snowden also explained that had the capability without any warrant to search for, seize, and read anyones communications at any time. He states that this would mean U.S. institutions have the power to change people’s fates.
Mr Snowden also refers to the American Constitution and the Universal Decleration of Human Rights, which rule that pervasive surveillance is unlawful, despite the United States Government claiming the approval of secret courts. He said that these rulings simply corrupt the most basic notion of justice – that it must be seen to be done and that immoral cannot be made moral through the use of secret law.
Refering to the Nuernberger Nazi trials in 1945 and the resulting principles declared Snowden believes: “Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.”
That moral decision to tell the public about spying that affects all of us has been costly, but it was the right thing to do and I have no regrets, Mr Snowden said. He added that the willingness by powerful states to act extra-legally represents a threat to all of us.
Not Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch are the defender of human dignity it is people like Snowden who contribute a great deal to humanity by making institutions, nations, politicians and the people of the world aware of the reality we are living in.
African and South American nations should watch out dealing with institutions like the United Nations, which could be biased towards the United States and against interests of countries in the Southern Hemisphere.
Snowden, simply a world citizen of Nr. 1. class.
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