#Snowden did not cross Russian border, China criticises US, and #Assange says Snowden is ‘safe and well’

Russian Foreign Minister,  Sergei Lavrov told a news conference that Snowden has not crossed the Russian border and accused the US attempts to blame Russia as ‘groundless and unacceptable’.

Lavrov continued “We are in no way involved with wither Mr Snowden, his relations with US justice, nor to his movements around the world”

China’s state newspaper People’s Daily praised Edward Snowden for ‘tearing off Washington’s sanctimonious mask’.

The article went on to criticise the US over allegations by Snowden that the US government was responsible for hacking computer networks in Hong Kong and China “In a sense, the United States has gone from a ‘model of human rights’ to ‘an eavesdropper on personal privacy’, the ‘manipulator’ of the centralised power over the international internet, and the mad ‘invader’ of other countries’ networks.”

In an article in the Global Times (also a Chinese state controlled publication) the US government is criticised for its dogmatic approach in demanding that other countries comply with its demands to give up Snowden: “Instead of apologizing, Washington is showing off its muscle by attempting to control the whole situation. As a formidable power which is difficult to challenge, the US is able to make and distort the definition of “justice” for its own interests”.

Julian Assange spoke from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and said that Snowden had been in touch with Assange’s legal team and that he was “healthy and safe”.

Snowden is understood to have requested political asylum from Ecuador, and Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said that the government are ‘analysing’ the request.

For the moment, the whereabouts of Snowden are unknown.

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