Tips for landing a job: 1) Become a US whistleblower 2) Spend two months in an airport
Edward Snowden is a name you may be familiar with by now. TelecomsTech, and just about every other global publication has reported on the NSA whistleblower on several occasions.
While you'd be forgiven for thinking this is just another Snowden story, for Ed, the saga continues...
After spending over two months in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport; the people’s anti-hero has been given temporary asylum in Russia for up to a year. So what on earth will he do with himself?
Russia’s very own Mark Zuckerberg (or equivalent of, Facebook hasn’t yet reached the physical cloning stage, unless I’ve missed that PR) has offered Snowden a job at social network - VK.
VK CEO Pavel Durov said in a post this afternoon:
“Today Edward Snowden — a man who denounced the crimes of U.S. intelligence against citizens of the world — has received temporary asylum in Russia. At such moments, you feel proud of our country and regret the U.S. policy [...] I invite Edward to St. Petersburg and will be happy if he decides to join up a stellar team of programmers at VK. In the end, there is no more popular European internet company than VK. I think Edward might be interested in aiding the protection of personal data of millions of our users.”
Snowden issued a statement via the website of WikiLeaks thanking Russia for granting him asylum:
"Over the past eight weeks we have seen the Obama administration show no respect for international or domestic law, but in the end the law is winning," he said.
Clearly Obama and his administration will not be happy with this letter, and a response is soon expected. However, US Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; described Thursday's development as "a setback to US-Russia relations".
"Edward Snowden is a fugitive who belongs in a United States courtroom, not a free man deserving of asylum in Russia," he said.
Perhaps one day, the senate will realise you can’t issue statements to the citizens who you’ve been freely spying upon calling a man a “fugitive” for exposing your scheme; it’s severely ironic.
What do you think about Edward Snowden’s situation? Should he take Pavel’s offer at VK?
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