Because my final masters paper is due in less than a week, I’ll be brief in this post. After all, the keys to fixing terrestrial radio cannot simply write themselves. Anyways, onto the Snowden headlines!
Since we last spoke, nothing monumental has occurred in this case. Edward Snowden formally put in his application for temporary asylum with Russia, but we all saw that coming from miles away. The official application however puts Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin in a rough spot. He does not want to further damage his country’s tenuous relationship with the United States. But he also thinks that this whole situation will eventually blow over and work itself out. According to New York Magazine, Putin is not really sure what to make of Snowden himself. “He’s a young man,” said Putin. “In fact, I do not even really understand how he intends to continue to build his life. But it was his destiny and his choice. And we have our own national objectives.” I think that as long as Snowden keeps his word regarding the end to leaking information during his stay, Putin will grant him temporary, but not permanent, asylum. In Putin’s eyes, the sooner Snowden leaves, the better.
Here lies the real issue at hand. Obama is supposed to pay a visit to Russia in the coming months in order sit down with Putin and well, have a chat regarding said tenuous relations. According to the BBC, “Mr Putin is clearly aware of the sensitivities involved, and the issue risks overshadowing talks with US President Barack Obama who is due to visit Russia in September.” I’m sure that no one wants the Snowden asylum issue to interfere with these talks, including Snowden himself. However, the tedious relations will become even more tense if asylum is granted. You better hold onto your hats readers, because once an asylum, temporary or permanent, decision has been made, this story will become a lot more interesting.