U.K. warns airlines not to bring U.S. whistleblower, Snowden, to its soil

Edward Snowden

The alert was issued by the Risk and Liaison Overseas Network, part of the U.K. Border Agency.

British authorities have issued a stern warning to airlines around the world not to allow ex-CIA man, who leaked top secret U.S. phone and internet surveillance secrets, fly to its soil, threatening defaulters with a 2,000 pound (N510, 000) fine.

Reports say a travel alert, dated Monday on a Home Office letterhead, had warned carriers to deny Edward Snowden boarding because “the individual is highly likely to be refused entry to the U.K.”

The Associated Press news agency reported seeing a document taken Friday at a Thai airport issuing the instruction. The AP said a British diplomat confirmed that the document was genuine and was sent out to airlines around the world. Airlines in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore also confirmed the alert had been issued.

The alert was issued by the Risk and Liaison Overseas Network, part of the U.K. Border Agency.

The document titled “RALON Carrier Alert 15/13” had a photograph of Snowden and gave his date of birth and passport number. It said: “If this individual attempts to travel to the UK: Carriers should deny boarding.” It warned that carriers may “be liable to costs relating to the individual’s detention and removal” should they allow him to travel, according to the AP.

Mr. Snowden, a former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, admitted on Sunday leaking to reporters of The Guardian and the Washington Post the classified programme under which U.S. government gathers phone data of Americans and internet data from technology companies.

The companies include Google, Facebook, Skype, Youtube, Microsoft and others. The companies are mandated to secretly surrender the data of their users to the U.S government screening for terror threats.

The disclosure, which came first last Wednesday, has drawn widespread condemnations as well as support. While many Americans criticize the secrecy behind the program, some said they do not mind partially giving up their privacy for improved security.

Mr. Snowden fled to Hong Kong before opening up on the program, hoping to be protected by Hong Kong’s liberal laws on free speech. He said he acted to protect people’s right to privacy.

On Thursday, the FBI said it will go after him as his act has “deeply hurt” the United States.

The U.K. diplomat said the alert issued by his country said Snowden would likely have been deemed by the Home Office to be detrimental to the “public good.” Defaulting air carrier will pay 2,000 pounds.

Even without charges, Mr. Snowden’s world is now shrinking. If other countries follow Britain’s example and bar his entry, Mr. Snowden would have few options for seeking refuge if he were not allowed to stay in his preferred sanctuary of Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, the AP says.

China has not made any public comment on what it plans to do with Snowden or how long he would be welcome to stay in Hong Kong. A popular Communist Party-backed newspaper, however, has urged China’s leadership to milk Snowden for information rather than expel him, saying his revelations concern China’s national interest.

If the U.S. eventually calls for his return, Mr. Snowden does have the option of applying for asylum or refugee status in Hong Kong, which maintains a Western-style legal system. If Mr. Snowden chose to fight it, his extradition to the U.S. could take years to make its way through Hong Kong’s courts.


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  • Ettore Greco

    In regard to this surveillance program the public opinion is split once
    again between those who respect themselves and their freedom and those
    who instead live in fear, look for protection and welcome the leash of
    their master.
    It is also about a certain culture that had been slave since ancient Egypt.
    Agents on payroll of the Zionists have already sold the future of our
    children, the future of their children, and monitor everyone for a
    certain plot planned by a few.
    Only a new Awareness could change the Direction.

    ……………

    To the rich and to the poor
    To the countless crying lambs and to the many blinded deer but also for
    those few laughing pigs while these 3 are still in great number and
    surrounded by wolves, one bird from above would say: “look all around
    and together press for one single exit before the trap is closed”.

    …………….

    The Phantom War
    The conflict manipulated by the Zionists will be geographically split on two fronts:
    Russia, China and Arab States on one side
    Israel, USA and England on the other.
    These Zionists (head of UK, USA and Israel secret services) have already
    planned this War behind the backs of all people which will be forced to
    fight for their own Countries in their obligation as citizens.
    This War will be the excuse to completely abolish the concept of Equality and all human rights associated with it.
    Thus, beyond any possible excuse of Religions or other, the Conflict should be defined from the beginning simply:
    pro or against a new form of Equality.
    Through one strategy of Terror and Deception they will continue to monitor and
    to separate all people. The Zionists hope to face many weak and divided
    oppositions rather than one strong and united.
    No weapons or protests in the streets could ever oppose such Plan.
    In this “carousel” orchestrated by the CIA on behalf of the Zionists, the
    greatest danger to Humankind is not from the CIA or the Zionists but is
    the lack of one evolutionary change needed for us to step away from that
    same Direction marked in all history and to become one race
    distinguished from the Animal kingdom.

    …………………..

    Ten Words
    If this new manipulated War were to begin, the people should be distinguished from their Religions and cultures.
    The conflict should be defined only pro or against Equality.
    This distinction is there also not to fall back in a past that never knew
    how to refrain from pointing the finger always at the Jews, before and
    after every major War.
    The hope resides in one new Reason
    .…… even if it is not so simple.
    How to find those magic words?
    How to confront the perception of the people to see why one newly
    discovered transformation, Wavevolution, also relates to their life and
    survival?
    A concept like this could be introduced using a thousand
    words or maybe in a hundred ways, but only ten words and one way can put
    in perspective such vital perception:
    The conflict should be defined only pro or against Equality.
    http://www.wavevolution.org/en/freethinking.html