Edward Snowden in Moscow airport.
At left, Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks. Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch NSA leaker Edward Snowden read a short statement at Moscow’s Shermetyevo Airport today, where he has been holed up in a transit zone for nearly three weeks. Snowden said he has accepted “all offers of support or asylum I have been extended,” and specifically cited Venezuela as a nation where his “asylee status is now formal.” He asked several representatives of human rights organizations to help him request “guarantees of safe passage from the relevant nations” in getting to Latin America. In the meantime, Snowden said he will formally request asylum from Russia until safe passage is secured.
He also stood firmly by his decision to leak the top-secret documents, saying he only wanted what he knew to “be discussed by all of us in the light of day.”