Call On President Putin and Russians to Grant Asylum to Edward Snowden


Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service

Press Release – 19 July 2013

Edward Snowden, by revealing the existence and extent of the surveillance by the US government and exposing their spying programme that violates national and international laws, has done a great service to humanity. We can all be grateful to this courageous man of conscience for his personal sacrifice in revealing the secret NSA spying programmes. 55 percent of US citizens support his action.

We thank him and support his request to President Putin for political asylum in Russia until it is possible to travel safely to Latin America where several courageous countries that uphold international law and the right for whistleblowers to asylum and to protection from political persecution are willing to grant that him.

I also call upon the UN Secretary General, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and all UN member states to act immediately to protect whistleblower Edward Snowden from political persecution by the United States of America and its allies.


Mairead Corrigan Maguire is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment. She won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland. Her book The Vision of Peace (edited by John Dear, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu and a preface by the Dalai Lama) is available from She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. See:

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