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Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Politics | 12 comments

Vladimir Putin on NSA Leaks: Data Surveillance Acceptable If It’s Within the Law

As if he’s a fine one to talk, Russian president Vladimir Putin reportedly said government surveillance shouldn’t break the law. If Russia’s secret surveillance program was leaked, I am pretty sure Vladimir Putin wouldn’t be singing this tune.

Data surveillance is an acceptable measure if done within the law, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin told RT while visiting the channel in the capital.

“Such methods are in demand. But you can’t just listen to the phone call in Russia; you need a special order from court. This is how this should be done in civilized world. If it is in the framework of the law, then it’s ok. If not it is unacceptable,” Putin said answering the question of RT’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan. Commenting on Obama’s statement that “You can’t have 100 per cent security and 100 per cent privacy,” Putin disagreed, saying it possible if done within the law. Source:  Russia Today

I wonder, is Vladimir Putin sending a message to the West, that leaking classified information is okay and that his country could grant such persons asylum? Sorry, but the reason for Putin’s soft-heart is the potential treasure trove of information his country could gain from someone like Edward Snowden. Oh the hypocrisy — remember those Russian feminist activists jailed for exercising their right to free speech by staging an anti-government protest?

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    More good news for Snowden:

    Russia, that bastion of freedom, privacy and human rights, has offered to consider an asylum request from US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

    Snowden said recently, “my predisposition is to seek asylum in a country with shared values.” The question is whether he will consider Russia to share his values.

    Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson’s comments have been carried by the Russian media that has been very supportive of Snowden.

    Read more here

  • yoopermoose

    Interesting. If Mr. Snowden accepts asylum in Russia, I wonder if Glenn Beck and Michael Moore will still consider him a hero. I can just imagine Putin’s sh*t eating grin while he chastises the U.S.


    Yoopermoose — Yep. I am included to believe Glenn Beck and Michael Moore would throw Edward Snowden under a bus then.


    Dorian — I am not surprised by the offer from the Russians. The hypocrisy is laughable. You know if they were to grant him asylum it would come with a price — the rest of the classified information he has.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Hi Janet,.

    If Snowden is indeed the hero and patriot he is acclaimed to be, he won’t touch asylum in Russia (or communist China) with a 2000-mile pole.

    Then again, he might

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    The BBC:

    Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, has passed a law imposing heavy fines for providing information about homosexuality to people under 18.

    The measure was passed unanimously and will become law when approved by the upper house and President Vladimir Putin, a virtual formality.

    If Snowden does defect to Russia, maybe he can set the Russians straight on this.

  • zephyr

    Is there any indication whatsoever that Snowden has an interest in moving to Russia or is this just the usual banter and speculation?

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    No indication at all Zephyr.

  • KP

    If Snowden becomes property of a foreign country; he will be drained of every bit of information he knows. Then, returned to America, a very different person than the one who left his home and his girlfriend.

    He must know that the Chinese will not let him leave a Hong Airport without a shakedown?! I don’t mean a patdown. I mean a mind altering/emptying experience.

  • sheknows

    Russia “has offered to consider a request”. I am sure they would LOVE for him to request asylum there….but I highly doubt it would happen, for several reasons, the most obvious being the crappy economy, the crappy weather, and the lack of anything resembling fashion 🙂

  • sheknows

    Hard to know KP. I have an wild guess that perhaps he was “advised” to go there, perhaps by people or a person who could protect him. If he is returned, I think he will be surprised by that action, otherwise why travel 20 hours in coach just to have to face what he fled from. I think he may get out of there unharmed, but no one really knows what “trade” has transpired to insure that.

  • KP

    Significant intrigue. There is always suicide and martyrdom.

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