by Melanie Nathan, July 15, 2013.
Does Edward Snowden know that if he said one pro-gay or LGBTI supportive word Putin could arrest him and he could go to jail? I find Snowden’s actions in complimenting the Russian authorities and their human rights record self serving, unnecessary and nothing more than one big Putanic arse-lick to save his own butt. Pardon the expression. Where does the human rights excuse begin and end?
On Friday, Snowden, 30, the whistleblower, who leaked U.S. National security information, emerged after weeks of hiding in a Moscow airport and said he was willing to meet President Putin’s supposed condition that he stop leaking U.S. secrets if it means Russia would grant him asylum until he can move on to a Latin American country. Snowden is believed to be stuck in the transit area of Moscow’s main international airport, where he arrived from Hong Kong almost 3 weeks ago. Although he has had asylum offers from Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia, the logistics of reaching whichever country is complicated since his U.S. passport has been revoked.
In a statement Snowden provided to human rights organizations at Moscow Airport Snowden noted:-
“Yet even in the face of this historically disproportionate aggression, countries around the world have offered support and asylum. These nations, including Russia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador have my gratitude and respect for being the first to stand against human rights violations carried out by the powerful rather than the powerless. By refusing to compromise their principles in the face of intimidation, they have earned the respect of the world. It is my intention to travel to each of these countries to extend my personal thanks to their people and leaders.”
Well its seems that when it comes to Snowden’s back, the rest of the human rights issues that impact thousands go out the window. But of course Snowden’s reasoning for the leaks was all about human rights ..right?
Gays and lesbians are denied their most basic of human rights in Russia. Surely they are the powerless amongst the powerful, Mr. Snowden? In fact many have sought and will continue to seek asylum abroad for how they are treated by the Putin government.
Recently even more onerous laws have been passed in Russia. In hailing Russia for its ‘fabulous’ human rights, Snowden tacitly condones the most egregious and odious of these laws passed and signed by Putin, all serving to discriminate and hound LGBTI Russians. These laws set gays up for criminalization and state sanctioned violence, exacerbating the already heightened violent homophobia and persecution.
I cannot respect Snowden for such hypocrisy. If he is truly who he says he is, and his motivations are as pure as he imparts, then surely he would not be defending his actions based on his concern for the human rights infractions by one country, while complimenting and fraternizing in another where the deplorable human rights infractions are insitutionalized.
Well he has indeed done just that – he is complimenting and condoning the very country that institutionalizes persecutory laws against its own citizen while he refuses to show up in an American court to defend his actions which he says in his statement he did to protect human rights.
Why not come home to the U.S.A. to present his case.
Instead Snowden is seeking refuge in one of the worst human rights abusing countries, while audaciously complimenting them for having great human rights. In doing so he chickens out of presenting his argument for what he did in a court of law where he can be heard and even where he may well win, based on the contentions he has made.
Not only is he being a coward in refusing to stand up for what he did and to face the music where it counts, but in touting human rights his cause, he licks the butts of the worst human rights abuser out there. If you forsake one set of human rights principles for another, in an action that can only be perceived as saving yourself, that makes you a hypocrite right?
The Statement by Snowden: http://wikileaks.org/Statement-by-Edward-Snowden-to.html
Our Articles about Russia’s disgusting human rights record on LGBTI issues:
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