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Edward Snowden Case: And Now It Is, The EU-U.S. Spy Factor…

 Fugitive ex-CIA analyst Edward Snowden leaked a secret paper, which threatens to have a “severe impact” to the EU-U.S.  relations according to Martin Schulz, in a period that both sides of the Atlantic have to cooperate creatively for leaving behind the tragic consequences of the global economic crisis:

EU concern over Der Spiegel claim of  Edward Snowden, US spy – BBC News

The head of the European Parliament has demanded “full clarification” from the US over a report that key EU premises in America have been bugged. Martin Schulz said that if this was true, it would have a “severe impact” on ties between the EU and the US. The report, carried by Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, cites a secret 2010 document alleging that the US spied on EU offices in New York and Washington. Fugitive ex-CIA analyst Edward Snowden leaked the paper, Der Spiegel says. Mr Snowden – a former contractor for the CIA and also the National Security Agency (NSA) – has since requested asylum in Ecuador. According to the document – which Der Spiegel says comes from the NSA – the agency spied on EU internal computer networks in Washington and at the 27-member bloc’s UN office in New York. The document also allegedly referring to the EU as a “target”. It is not known what information US spies might have got, but details of European positions on to trade and military matters would have been useful to those involved in negotiations between Washington and European governments, the BBC’s Stephen Evans says.

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On the other hand, almost everyone has a basic interest to see what is going to happen next in the Edward Snowden spy story:

3 Things To Know About Edward Snowden and his Passenger Purgatory – NPR

Edward Snowden  is reportedly still in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, where he arrived June 23 on a flight from Hong Kong.  While everyone waits to see what happens next — asylum in Ecuador or perhaps Iceland, extradition to the U.S., or a mysterious disappearance? — here are three things we find interesting about the now-30-year-old Snowden’s legal limbo:

— He’d Have To Stay There Until Mid-2031 To Claim The Title. There’s no official record-book for this feat, but it would appear that the person who has spent the longest time stuck in an international airport’s transit zone is Mehran Karimi Nasseri.

— Transit Zones Really Do Put You In Something Of A Legal Limbo. ”Airport transit zones are weird places,” writes The Washington Post‘s Caitlin Dewey. “That space technically falls under no specific jurisdiction, a legal convention evolved to make travel and passport control more convenient. But it also doubles, conveniently, as an excuse for non-intervention in highly politicized or troublesome cases, when acting would provoke some kind of diplomatic snafu.”

— But If Russian Authorities Wanted To Intervene, Their Laws Say They Could. It’s right there on the website of Russia’s U.S. embassy:

“TRANSIT VISA

“Transit visa is required if the period of stay in Russia exceeds 24 hours or a traveler needs to change the airport.

“To apply for a transit visa, an applicant should submit to the Consular Division a completed visa application form, national passport, one standard picture, Money Order (see points 1-4 of General Information), as well as:

“— Visa of the destination country;
“— Tickets for the whole itinerary.”

Additionally, many people in Washington believe that Edward Snowden has not a concrete plan of his moves, as he is waiting to see reactions in the international scene, and then, decide about his next move:

Edward Snowden: His fate remains in limbo – MSNBC

Most frequent travelers tend to rush through airports, but Edward Snowden is a man without a plan as he waits for geopolitical forces to decide his fate—the former National Security Agency contractor is believed to have spent the past week in the international transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Snowden, who was charged last week with espionage, has been on the run after being holed up in Hong Kong for blowing the lid on the United States’ surveillance secrets. The 30-year-old American flew to Moscow last Sunday, and was supposed to seek asylum in Ecuador by way of Cuba the following day, but he never made his flight. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said Snowden would not be extradited back to the U.S. and that the airport’s transit zone is technically not Russian territory. But such claims of an airport “no-man’s land” are “more than disingenuous,” says Washington Post reporter Greg Miller. “What’s unclear is the extent to which Snowden is in position to dictate his own fate—to what extent he can control the outcome here,” Miller told MSNBC host Richard Lui Saturday.

Washington on its side, prefers to take a more diplomatic approach toward the case, as it is cautious for citing some long-term repercussions, in the field of the U.S. foreign, security and intelligence policies:

Edward Snowden has not weakened president, says Susan Rice – The Guardian

The incoming US national security adviser has dismissed claims that the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden has weakened the president, Barack Obama, and damaged American foreign policy. Susan Rice, the outgoing US ambassador to the United Nations, said it was too soon to judge whether there would be any long-term repercussions from the intelligence leaks by the former National Security Agency contractor, which were published by the Guardian. Rice rejected suggestions that Snowden’s disclosures had made Obama a lame duck, damaged his political base and hurt US foreign policy, saying: “I think that’s bunk.” ”I don’t think the diplomatic consequences, at least as they are foreseeable now, are that significant,” she added. ”I think the United States of America is and will remain the most influential, powerful and important country in the world, the largest economy, and the largest military, [with] a network of alliances, values that are universally respected.” Chuck Hagel, the defence secretary, and General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, have called Snowden’s leaks a serious breach that damaged national security. Hagel said on Thursday an assessment of the damage was under way. ”There will always be difficult issues of the day and frankly this period is not particularly unique,” Rice said. “I think the Snowden thing is obviously something that we will get through, as we’ve gotten through all the issues like this in the past.” The US has charged Snowden with espionage and demanded his extradition, but Hong Kong said the request was legally flawed and let him fly to Moscow and the Russians have so far refused.

 

Finally, is becoming clear that there is no a clear mechanism in the U.S. and elsewhere which would be able to effectively handle spy crisis situations. The EU spy factor right now, declares the Edward Snowden is to play all his cards…

 



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