journalist/whistleblower/escapee

 

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I share your concern and belief that no one will be tried for the Inter fire — just as no one is being punished for the Odessa fire.  But I’m able to hold that in my head with another thought — that no one has been tried for the vast crimes of Communism that hit Ukraine particularly hard, both with the mass murders by Stalin recorded in works like Kravchenko’s “I Chose Freedom,” and the later human rights violations I myself helped to document in the Helsinki movement.  And no one will likely be tried for the most recent crime of the annexation of Crimea and the invasion of the Donbass, despite the Ukrainian government’s best efforts to begin a prosecution.

Everybody wants to reform Ukraine or blame Ukrainians for the Holocaust; nobody wants to tackle the Soviet origins of much of what we see today, including the war in the Donbass.     -Catherine Fitzpatrick          https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/maxim-eristavi/terror-against-ukraine-s-journalists-is-fueled-by-political-elites

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Three years ago, these brave families protected me in Hong Kong’s underground. They are still waiting for asylum.

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HOW SNOWDEN ESCAPED
EXCLUSIVE: The never-been-told story of those two pivotal weeks when the most wanted man in the world was hidden in the depths of a Hong Kong slum.

HONG KONG — The tall, lanky American dressed in all black looked familiar.  But Ajith, a 44-year-old Sri Lankan refugee seeking asylum in Hong Kong figured the nervous-looking man with the red-rimmed eyes fidgeting in the darkness outside the United Nations building in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Kowloon was a U.S. army dodger.

Summoned by his immigration lawyer in the late evening of June 10, 2013, Ajith (last names of the refugees in this story have been withheld), a former soldier in the Sri Lankan military, was told the unidentified man was “famous” and needed “protection.”  Little else was revealed except that he would be responsible for covertly moving the American around at a moment’s notice.

“I was very happy to help him,” Ajith recalled during a recent interview with the National Post in his small windowless room in Kennedy Town, on the western tip of Hong Kong Island.  “This famous person was a refugee too, same as me.”

Robert Tibbo and Edward Snowden in Moscow
Robert Tibbo, left, and Edward Snowden in Moscow on July 26, 2016. The Canadian human rights lawyer helped the whistleblower virtually disappear when he was on the run from U.S. authorities in Hong Kong. (N.Y. Jennifer )

 

Exclusive: How Edward Snowden Escaped

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