UK: Edward Snowden not welcome here

The UK Home Office has sent letters to the world's airlines, warning them not to let NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden board a plane for the UK, because "the individual is highly likely to be refused entry to the UK."
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22 Responses to “UK: Edward Snowden not welcome here”

  1. Glass half full: The UK doesn’t want to be put under pressure to hand him over, knowing that they can’t really offer him asylum.

    Hang on, did you say Home Office? Oh fuck you, Theresa May.

    • peregrinus says:

      She’s not just nasty and eurgh, she’s ineffectual.  She’s spent over £1.7m in legal costs trying to remove Abu Qatada from the UK, lord alone knows how much internal government spending, and had to resort to the expensive business of a treaty with Jordan (haha) to try and eject him.  Still might not work.

      She wants to be seen to eject him, and throws good money after bad.

      If she ever, ever gets to be PM in the UK, I’m outta here.

      She’d love Prism.

  2. Robin Nixon says:

    Considering  Assange’s predicament, and the fact that GCHQ appear to be a complicit participant in PRISM, why on earth would Snowden even consider the UK? This is simply the UK govt trying to voice its disapproval of the man and grab some headlines.

    • SedanChair says:

      They would prefer to avoid the endearing spectacle of Snowden and Assange cooped up in the Ecuadorian embassy.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDrfHj3j398

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      It might actually be more banal than that. The “Risk and Liason Overseas Network” is an established thing in the UK, and its business appears to be largely devoted to a mixture of dishing dirt on visa applicants(in areas where visas are generally required for travel to the UK) and issuing notices to carriers about people they don’t want to see showing up at Heathrow. Snowden is markedly higher profile than most of their marks; but they appear to push a lot of similar paper.

      (Incidentally, according to this inspector’s report on one of the RALON operations, the UK border security people use something referred to as “The Mycroft Database”, about which information seems to be a trifle slim.

  3. agonist says:

    Ya, go to America’s #1 ally and leading surveillance state implementer for asylum. That would be some smart thinking.

  4. Church says:

    The good news is that he already decided that Hong Kong offers him more freedom.

  5. Marc45 says:

    Meh, the UK has crappy weather and even crappier food so I don’t think Edward will be missing anything.

  6. Antinous / Moderator says:

    In what universe is the UK welcoming to anybody?

  7. SiMoebus says:

    Of course he will be refused entry into the UK. For the UK it is the only right thing to do.

  8. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    Maybe she is just pissed he had better access to the documents?

  9. Thorzdad says:

    Yeah, this denial-of-entry is the UK looking at the unfolding trainwreck and saying “We want nothing to do with it.”

  10. Dennis Smith says:

    I wonder how Teresa May came to the conclusion she spoke for the majority of people in the UK? She hasn’t said one thing anyone I know agrees with. I’m still mulling over the idea of hiring a small aircraft and performing rendition of my own, for the benefit of the greater good.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Does the concept of the majority of the people even scan in the UK? I’ve had the impression that Labour and the Tories, at least, view being in power as the mandate of heaven, far more than parties in the US.

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