Edward Snowden asylum case is a gift for Vladimir Putin

An article in The Guardian by author and foreign correspondent Luke Harding says that President Vladimir Putin's decision to grant Snowden asylum is a humiliating, wounding rebuff to the US. The article notes, however, that the irony is that Moscow's record on human rights and freedom of speech is far worse than Washington's. Russia's treatment of its own whistle-blowers is grim and awful. For Mr Putin, Snowden is a wonderful gift. By granting the American asylum he can pose as the champion of human rights in the face of US aggression.

Thursday, August 1, 2013