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nsa whistleblowerKevin_Brophy_02Why Edward Snowden (top) is never coming to Ireland.

Human rights lawyer Kevin Brophy (above) writes:

Over the last few days I have been reading the most ridiculous stories in the Irish newspapers. They are to the effect that it is “unlikely” that Edward Snowden would be offered asylum in Ireland. Either that or “on balance” he would not be granted claim political asylum in Ireland. There isn’t the remotest prospect that our bulldog government would upset Blessed Barack in this way.

Edward Snowden is a genuine asylum seeker and there is no prospect that he would receive justice if he were extradited to his home country, the United States of America. He should be a national hero but if he were returned to the United States, he would almost certainly spend the rest of his life in prison.

For many years in Ireland, we had a government appointed official who rejected every single claim for asylum that came before him. There was a deluge of complaints about him but nothing happened until one brave asylum seeker took a case against the Department and was on the verge of obtaining embarrassing Discovery documentation when our brave government conceded the case so as not to have to reveal these incriminating and hugelt embarrassing documents.

In March 2006, seven solicitors working in the area of refugee law swore affidavits stating that this man had never been known to decide a case in favour of an asylum seeker.

He was the Tribunal’s highest earner during the same period.

…In Ireland our record of accepting applications for asylum is lower than almost anywhere else in the world.

So let’s not kid ourselves. And let’s not kid Edward Snowden. We are not Ireland of the welcomes as far as asylum seekers or refugees are concerned and we are certainly not Ireland of the welcomes to anyone who the United States might regard as an enemy….


More: Edward Snowden: Welcome To Ireland (Kevin Brophy, Brophy Solicitors)

High Court Refuses US Request For Arrest Warrant (Breakingnews.ie)

BM6G03PCIAAHgFPFurther revelations from documents supplied by Edward Snowden in tomorrow’s Guardian.

British intelligence used what one document calls “ground-breaking intelligence capabilities” to intercept the communications of visiting delegations.

• Setting up internet cafes where they used an email interception programme and key-logging software to spy on delegates’ use of computers;

• Penetrating the security on delegates’ BlackBerrys to monitor their email messages and phone calls;

• Supplying 45 analysts with a live round-the-clock summary of who was phoning who at the summit;

• Targeting the Turkish finance minister and possibly 15 others in his party;

•  Receiving reports from an NSA attempt to eavesdrop on the Russian leader, Dmitry Medvedev, as his phone calls passed through satellite links to Moscow.


GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians’ communications at G20 summits (Guardian)

Via James Bell


Edward Snowden, the preternaturally calm 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the US National Security Agency’s history, is interviewed by the Guardian in Hong Kong.

“I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest,” he said. “There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn’t turn over, because harming people isn’t my goal. Transparency is.”



Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations (Guardian)