Apparently, Sarah Harrison is now a woman without a country
London (AFP) - A WikiLeaks staffer who has been accompanying Edward Snowden said Wednesday she had left Russia for Germany, but the threat of prosecution made it unsafe for her to return home to Britain.
In August, Sarah Harrison helped former US National Security Agency contractor Snowden flee Hong Kong to Russia, where he has now been granted temporary asylum from US authorities who want to prosecute him for leaking official secrets.
In a statement datelined from Berlin and issued by anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, Harrison said she had now left Snowden’s side and had “arrived in Germany over the weekend”.
So far, so good?
She said that after spending 39 days with Snowden in a Moscow airport while he sought asylum, “I then remained with him until our team was confident that he had established himself and was free from the interference of any government”.
But she said the detention under British anti-terror laws of David Miranda — the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald who landed the scoop of the Snowden leaks — showed there was a climate of “persecution” in her own home country, Britain.
“Almost every story published on the GCHQ and NSA bulk spying programs falls under the UK government’s interpretation of the word ‘terrorism’,” she wrote.
“In response, our lawyers have advised me that it is not safe to return home.”