Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WikiLeaks: Snowden Risks Being Stuck in Russia 'Permanently'

The WikiLeaks organization said on Tuesday that U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden may be forced to stay in Russia permanently because Washington is "bullying" possible intermediary countries, reports Naharnet.

WikiLeaks has said it helped Snowden flee Hong Kong at the weekend and that one of its staff members is believed to be with him in Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Snowden -- who had been expected to board a flight for Cuba on Monday, reportedly on his way to seek asylum in Ecuador -- was still in a Moscow airport transit zone.

"Cancelling Snowden's passport and bullying intermediary countries may keep Snowden permanently in Russia," WikiLeaks said on its Twitter feed, without specifying which other countries it was referring to.

"Not the brightest bunch at State," it said, referring to the U.S. State Department.

The comments were the first by WikiLeaks on the issue for more than 24 hours.

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