Snowden's Expose Has Discredited The US

Snowden's Expose Has Discredited The US

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#1 Jul 6, 2013
Beijing Sees Abusive US Behind Snowden's Failed Asylum Bids

The fact that NSA leaker Edward Snowden has apparently failed to secure asylum despite applications to 21 nations is both an indication of the US’s global hegemony and its willingness to exploit its influence toward its own corrupt ends, argues an editorial in Global Times, a state-run newspaper often used to voice the sentiments of China’s ruling elite.

Since his abrupt departure from Hong Kong last month Snowden has been biding his time in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. He had sought asylum in Russia early Tuesday but withdrew the application after Putin let on that asylum could only be given to Snowden if he stops leaking sensitive information damaging to the US, which Putin termed Russia’s “American partners”.

More than any other development, Putin’s jarring statement seemed to suggest the pervasive reluctance of nations to stand up for Snowden for fears of offending the US.

From his uncomfortable safe haven at the Sheremetyevo transit terminal Snowden had messengered his 21 asylum requests through Russia’s foreign ministry officials. Only three of the recipient nations — India, Brazil and Poland — denied his request outright. The other nations have preferred to avoid or defer a decision by conditioning a formal consideration of an asylum bid on the bid being made within the nation’s borders or at one of its embassies — something Snowden is clearly in no position to do while trapped in the transit lounge without a passport.

This situation is depicted in the Global Times editorial as one in which a superpower who has offended the world with its hypocritical and anti-social spying activities is arrogantly defying world opinion to persecute a brave citizen.

Snowden’s exposure has discredited the US. His latest revelations that the US has been spying on the EU mission in New York and its embassy in Washington have caused explosive consequences and strong reactions from EU members like France and Germany.
These immoral actions will further deprive the US of its power to mess with world affairs under the guise of moral values.

Snowden has exposed US hypocrisy, its random violations of citizens’ privacy and arrogant cyber espionage in other countries. US soft power has failed to prevent these negative influences spreading across the world. Non-US media refrained from launching harsh criticism against the US, but the storm caused by Snowden’s leaks has made the global public well aware of what’s going on.

Snowden’s latest step has displayed US hegemony to the world. He submitted 21 applications for political asylum, then the US projected its power – the countries involved either cowered or delayed for time.

Two of the world’s most famous Internet liberalists are now hunted by the US. This kind of confrontation is unconventional and represents a risk to the image of a strong US.

Washington hasn’t issued any apology to the world. The criticism of the EU against US’ espionage activities was also simply dismissed.

Fairness and justice is common goal of the world. They are also required in international relations. The morals Washington has displayed to the international community don’t match the country’s role as world leader. In many cases, the US destroyed the world order that it has helped to build.


We probably shouldn’t expect too much from a country that doesn’t bother to offer an explanation to such a shocking scandal.
The editorial fails to mention another consideration likely to be uppermost in the minds of the nations, including China, that are choosing not to provide a safe haven to a citizen whistleblower — fear of setting a dangerous precedent that may encourage their own citizens to press for an end to the intrusive activities of their respective national security apparatuses.

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