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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has asked Russia to extend his temporary asylum for a further year. The former National Security Agency contractor is applying to extend his leave to remain in ‪Russia‬ beyond 31 July, when his existing one-year permit runs out, according to his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena. "We have submitted …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The lyrics to "King Nothing" comes to mind.....

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Surely, as an ex-soviet agent, he'll get to stay there permanently anyway. Why this pretend 'asylum' business?

    1. Jonathan Richards 1 Silver badge


      Snowden was born in 1983. The Soviet Union ceased to exist at the end of 1991. So they'd have had to have recruited him sometime between birth and the age of seven.

      Get a grip.

  3. Arachnoid


    Whats to like in Cuba that isn't somehow retro?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Cuba

      "Juan of the Dead" was pretty good.

      Oh, wait, you don't have to go to Cuba to watch it.

      <emily_litella_voice ON> nevermind... <emily_litella_voice OFF>

    2. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

      Re: Cuba

      Well, the tourist trap towns are pretty damned nice. There's rather a lot to like there, in fact. Have you never been to Cuba?

  4. Arachnoid


    He`ll not be doing much hacking er sorry security work in Cuba given its antiquated architecture.

    1. I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects

      He's an expert security IT bod

      His services to a small country with files on a big-neighbour/terrorist-country/police-state/dictatorship would make him a big fish in a very small pond. It's just a matter of which dictatorship breaks first. If I was him I'd look for another safe country. Venezuela perhaps or .... hmm... Or stay in Russia.

      1. midcapwarrior

        Re: He's an expert security IT bod

        Guess he's looking for nicer weather.

        Seems more like a beach guy.

  5. mhenriday

    «rogue sysadmin»

    You mean, Mr Leyden, like James Robert Clapper would have been, had he possessed the intelligence to become a sysadmin ?...


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