Edward Snowden's company: 10 notable seekers of political asylum

Published: Friday, Aug. 9 2013 10:27 a.m. MDT


After living in Moscow’s airport for five weeks, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden finally received some reassurance last week that he would be able to leave when Russia granted him one year of asylum.

This decision didn’t make government officials in the U.S., including President Obama, very happy.

But Snowden isn’t the first person to seek and be granted asylum.

Here is a list of 10 notable asylum seekers from around the globe.

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West Jordan, UT

Living in an airport or an embassy without being able to leave sounds just like going to prison to me.

MemoFromA Demo

Living in a country without Big Brother snooping into every bit of business I conduct fells like freedom to me. I love my country and I love freedom and liberty. But I've sure lost respect for our government.

Are we suppose to be angry against Snowden for whistle blowing? I've heard both sides of the argument, but I confess, I'm sympathetic to Snowden's cause.

Vancouver, BC

It is evident from this list that the US has been as reluctant if not more so, as Russia, to extradite individuals. The US has even granted asylum to Carriles, an individual found guilty of terrorism and murder for blowing up a civilian airliner. How much more evidence does anyone require to understand the lack of morality, ethics or the commitment to law that the US government has displayed for decades now. No nation that believes in international law would ever extradite anyone to the US where torture and corruption are an integral part of its dysfunctional "judicial" system.

Daniel Leifker
San Francisco, CA

I really don't know how Edward Snowden survived for 5 hours in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, let alone 5 weeks. I've been to the international area at Sheremetyevo Airport. It's clean and modern, but way too crowded and cramped. Not enough chairs, and I couldn't even sit on the floor because it was so crowded. While I waited 90 minutes for my flight, all I could do was stand. Yuck.

Salt Lake City, UT

Edward Snowden is a traitor and needs to be prosecuted. Shame on Russia.


He is a hero. He had the courage to stand up against the current wave of corruption.

Saratoga Springs, UT

He's no hero that is for sure. When you work for the government you know what is going on and you know what to expect. Snowden lost the faith and trust of his country. Instead he put himself before millions of others. That is not how the United States works. I don't always agree with everything our government does. But I am red, white and blue, through and through. Is our government corrupt? Yes! Does it need to stop? Yes! Regardless, certain things need to happen to happen to stay on top, however government should trust Americans until it has reason not to trust individuals. Then get to snooping. Until then, leave the rest of us alone.

bountiful, UT

snowden hasn't done any as bad as the peple the u.s. has granted asylum to

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

Let's be truthful

If the situation was reversed. Example if an employee of a Russian Spy Agency revealed the extent of their spying both domestically and internationally and they left Russia if he or she applied for asylum in the United States, What would happened?

Would we grant asylum to that Russian whistle blower?

Perhaps it all depends on whose ox is being gored.

Ogden, UT

It's incredible to me that we, as "saviors of the world when it suits our needs" can be so sanctimonious to nations like China when one of their nationals comes to us seeking asylum, but when one of us has to ask for asylum elsewhere, the current administration can actually summon genuine anger. I love this country. She's the greatest on Earth. And I'm not happy that Snowden's actions might place Americans at risk (I'm not sure exactly what he has divulged to whom, and what may still be forthcoming). That said, I'm delighted to see someone stand up to this administration. It hasn't happened often. We've ignored IRS scandals, Benghazi, economic devastation, increased racism brought about by unfair policies, so maybe, just maybe, the fact that Putin has slapped us in the face will show us that the ineffectual man in the Oval Office does not have our best interests at heart, and is unwilling to do what must be done to ensure American citizen's rights, freedoms, and safeties.

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