U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden not a case for political asylum / by Joel Ramphis Deeb

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U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden not a case for political asylum

Joel Ramphis Deeb
CEO and Chief Security Analyst
Omega World News
www.omegaworldnews.com

July 6, 2013

According to breaking news today by the U.S. media, President Maduro of Venezuela has offered political asylum to U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.  Mr. Maduro is not alone.  President Ortega of Nicaragua has pledged to do the same “if circumstances permit.” And, still enraged and vengeful over his recent ordeal resulting from his aircraft not being able to fly at will in European airspace as it was suspected of carrying Mr. Snowden, President Morales of Bolivia wants to slap the United States in the face by welcoming the American intelligence leaker.

Given the episodic anti-American rhetoric and bravado of the last few years emanating from Latin American nations of the ALBA economic and military alliance created by the late President Hugo Chavez, under the command of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, their current hostility and provocation against the United States should not be a surprise.  What should be troubling is the amazing ignorance of international law and diplomacy being displayed publicly, in this particular case, by the leadership of fairly important nations on our American continent.  Any competent consultant on such matters is likely to inform Latin American political leaders that Mr. Snowden is not eligible for political asylum in any country because he is common criminal, not a person in need of protection because of his political views.  The United States of America do not jail or harass anybody because of their political preferences.  IF you need to be convinced, just look at the hot waters in which the IRS finds itself, for its alleged discriminatory practices against organizations related to the Tea Part y.  There is not a single political prisoner in the United States of America.

Mr. Edward Snowden is wanted by U.S. law enforcement for the theft of U.S. government property, including a computer and/or other sensitive and protected materials.  He is simply a thief, i.e. a common criminal who must be extradited to the United States to face justice.  Period.  What would Presidents Maduro, Ortega and Morales expect from the United States should a bank robber who stole 2 million dollars in any of their own nations, was seeking “political asylum” somewhere on our planet?

One needs not have a Ph. D in political science to figure out what Mr. Snowden is all about.  From the day he sought refuge in Hong Kong, Mr. Snowden has been trying hard to fool people into believing that he is afraid for his life in the United States, as a result of his political belief or opinion.  This makes him a liar, in addition to being a thief.  The man is a common criminal who wants to avoid prosecution for his crime in the United States:  theft of U.S. government property.  Thieves and other common criminals are not candidates for political asylum anywhere in the world.  They must be extradited.  Edward Snowden belongs to that class of individuals.  To understand Mr. Snowden’s case, Latin American political leaders who support him, would surely benefit from a refresher on international law and diplomacy.  And there should be no misunderstanding or miscalculation about how, along with Mr. Snowden, they should face the wrath of the people of the United States of America.

Joel Ramphis Deeb
www.omegaworldnews.com
July 6, 2013

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Haitian-American Joel Ramphis Deeb is a Professional Political Consultant with over 20 years experience providing sound analysis, interpretation, problem solving skills and public policy recommendations for solving various political problems that affect national security, public safety and the effectiveness of government,  CEO, Omega  World News, Chief of Security Analysis  / Counter Terrorism Division for Latin America 1980 – Present. Honored in Congressman Benjamin Gilman’s Remarks at Haiti Today Conference at Washington Convention Center :, Finding the Path to Redevelopment Before the 40th Annual Congresssional Black Caucus Legislative Committee

 

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