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Wikileaks hires U.S. attorney for Snowden

June 27, 2013, 9:59 UTC+3

The name of the lawyer not disclosed

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BOGOTA, June 27. /ITAR-TASS reporter Anton Fokin /. Edward Snowden's interests will be represented by a lawyer from the United States hired by Wikileaks, as twitted the representatives of the organization on its official page.

“WikiLeaks has acquired a US attorney for Mr. Snowden who will be named in due course", reads the tweet.

Earlier, a renowned attorney, former judge of the National Court of Spain Baltasar Garzon, which provides legal support to Wikileaks, has refused to represent the legal interests of ex-CIA employee.

Where to get political asylum?

British bookmakers have already started accepting bets on where the "whistleblower" will be in the next year. The list of ten possible locations tops Cuba, followed by the United States and in third place - Ecuador, where the former CIA officer has requested asylum. Venezuela and Russia are also in the list.

Ecuador still considers Snowden’s request for political asylum. Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez already threatened Ecuador that in case of acceptance of Snowden the United States will not leave this ‘favor’ unanswered. The U.S. government "will not reward the country for bad behavior," and the Congress can wrest out to deprive Ecuador from trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences / GSP / USA.

Another country – Venezuela – is ready to grant asylum to Snowden, but he hasn’t requested it there yet. “What’s done this guy? Just revealed a very delicate secret facts that the United States spy in the world, listening to phone conversations and browsing the Internet, thus violating international law and the sovereignty of nations”, stated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Anyway, Snowden is still in Russia, in the transit area. Moscow is not going to extradite him to the U.S.. As Vladimir Putin said, “Mr. Snowden is a free man, and the faster he will choose the end point of his stay, the better for us and for him.”

However, the U.S. is still in talks with Russia over the whistleblower, hoping for extradition.

Snowden’s fears

Edward Snowden himself said that he fears unfair trial in the United States and sentence to death.

Meanwhile, the media reported that there are numerous electronic copies of the archive of ex-CIA operative. And if something happens, the people to whom he sent encrypted electronic folders will get access to them.

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