11 July 2013, 02:59

NGO issued Snowden passport at its own initiative - Garry Davis

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Non-profit organization "World Government of World Citizens" has issued a passport for Edward Snowden at its own initiative, and doubts this document can be passed on to the American in the near future, said the organization’s president Garry Davis.

The NGO had previously reported issuing for the American a citizen of the world passport based on the International Declaration of Human Rights.

U.S. authorities have revoked the whistleblower’s U.S. passport. He is accused of leaking classified information, and security services seek his extradition.

"Our job is over once we have issued the document. The paradox is that there is no address where we can forward the document, since Snowden is holed up in a transit area. De jure, he is not in Russia, but outside it," said Davis, when asked if Snowden was aware of his new passport and was he able to avail himself of it. 

Most Americans don't see Snowden as traitor - poll

Contrary to the opinion of the nation's political establishment, most Americans see NSA leaker Edward Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than a traitor.

The results of a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed that 55 percent of US registered voters regard Snowden as more of a whistle-blower in leaking details about top-secret US programs that collect telephone and Internet data. Only 34 percent of respondents see NSA leaker as more of a traitor, showed the survey.

The view of Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than traitor predominated among almost every group of respondents broken down by party, gender, income, education and age.

The poll also showed a massive shift in public opinion about civil liberties and governmental anti-terrorism efforts.

Forty-five percent of voters now say the government's anti-terrorism policies have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties, while 40 percent said the policies have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country.

That was a reversal from January 2010, when in a similar survey 63 percent said anti-terrorism activities didn't go far enough to protect the U.S. from attacks, compared with 25 percent who disagreed.

'The fact that there is little difference now along party lines about the overall anti-terrorism effort and civil liberties and about Snowden is in itself unusual in a country sharply divided along political lines about almost everything,' said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Moreover, the verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes against almost the unified view of the nation's political establishment," he added.

The Quinnipiac survey of 2,014 registered voters was conducted June 28th through July 8th.

World Service Authority issues world passport for Snowden

The World Service Authority (WSA), a Washington-based charity and executive branch of the World Government of World Citizens, has issued a world citizen passport for Former US national Edward Snowden, who disclosed America’s mass monitoring program.

“WSA Issues World Passport to Edward Snowden Based Upon Article 13 (2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” reads the message posted on the charity’s Twitter page.

“This unprecedented situation reveals dramatically the power of one individual versus the nation-state system, while highlighting individual sovereignty. The fact that Snowden is immobilized in a Moscow Airport Transit lounge further exposes the fiction of nation-state frontiers,” WSA’s founder Garry Davis said.

The World Government of World Citizens has been issuing its passports since September 1953, although only four countries – Mauritania, Tanzania, Ecuador and Togo – recognize these IDs.

Snowden reveals Australia's links to US spy web

United States intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has provided his first disclosure of Australian involvement in US global surveillance, identifying four facilities in the country that contribute to a key American intelligence collection program.

Classified US National Security Agency maps leaked by Mr Snowden and published by US journalist Glenn Greenwald in the Brazilian O Globo newspaper reveal the locations of dozens of US and allied signals intelligence collection sites that contribute to interception of telecommunications and internet traffic worldwide.

The US Australian Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap near Alice Springs and three Australian Signals Directorate facilities: the Shoal Bay Receiving Station near Darwin, the Australian Defence Satellite Communications Facility at Geraldton and the naval communications station HMAS Harman outside Canberra are among contributors to the NSA's collection program codenamed X-Keyscore.

The New Zealand Government Security Communications Bureau facility at Waihopai near Blenheim also contributes to the program.

The documents published by O Globo show that US and allied signals intelligence collection facilities are distributed worldwide, located at US and allied military and other facilities as well as US embassies and consulates.

In an interview published in the German Der Spiegel magazine on Sunday, Mr Snowden said the NSA operates broad secret intelligence partnerships with other western governments, some of which are now complaining about its programs.

Mr Snowden said that the other partners in the "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance of the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand “sometimes go even further than the [National Security Agency] people themselves.”

WikiLeaks tweets Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said on Tuesday after a Russian lawmaker posted a statement to that effect on Twitter and then deleted it.

WikiLeaks, on its own Twitter feed, said that states involved in a decision on an asylum destination for Snowden, who is believed to be holed up at a Moscow airport, "will make the announcement if and when the appropriate time comes".

Voice of Russia, RIA, RTT News, TASS, theage.com.au, Reuters

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