Edward Snowden has finally broken silence at a last minute meeting in the international Sheremetyevo airport in Russia. The whistleblower announced he was going to stay in Russia, at least for now.
Edward Snowden has sent out an email where he said he had accepted offers of asylum from welcoming countries around the world. The problem is that he is currently unable to transit safely from Russia to Latin America. The ex-NSA contractor has sent out invitations to human rights activists and attorneys to meet him at Terminal F of the Moscow airport. Mass media reported Edward had been staying in Sheremetyevo’s capsule hotel before meeting human rights activists and attorneys openly in the airport transit zone. Snowden was accompanied by WikiLeaks lawyer Sarah Harrison.
According to media reports, Snowden admitted that he was only accepting Russia’s offer because of inability to safely travel somewhere else. It must be noted that Putin offered Edward asylum on the condition that the latter wouldn’t leak any further data that could have harmed the US, and now Snowden agreed to his offer. In the meantime, Snowden was offered asylum by a number of Latin American countries, including Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, but he still lacked the required documents to travel. Actually, even if he was able to travel, he might face the same unprecedented move as when Bolivia’s leader Evo Morales had his flight grounded for suspicion of hiding the whistleblower. Snowden still claimed in his letter that all those nations have his gratitude, as by refusing to obey to the United States, they have earned the respect of the world.
The authorities of the United States are chasing Edward across the globe for blowing the whistle on a global surveillance network ran by the NSA, PRISM. In response, in his interview, Edward Snowden claimed that he had never handed over intelligence to any foreign officials. His motive was claimed to be upholding the constitution rather than damaging the US. In the meantime, a recent poll found out that regardless of the government’s efforts to smear Snowden, most citizens see him as a "whistleblower" but not a "traitor".