According to the Wall Street Journal, Russia is considering offering asylum to Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency employee now charged with disclosing secret programs to the press. Snowden originally chose to flee to Hong Kong, praising it for its “spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent.” But Hong Kong, now administered by the hardly liberal Communist regime in Beijing, retains strong extradition treaties with the United States; after revealing his identity, Snowden promptly checked out of his hotel room and disappeared.
A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said today that Russia, which brutally cracks down on political dissent, would consider offering the American asylum if he asks for it. A Russian politician also mentioned the possibility on his Twitter account, saying that Snowden, like Julian Assange of Wikileaks, is a “human-rights activist.”
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