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Assange's US attorney Michael Ratner told Monday's teleconference that whistleblowers were protected under the refugee convention. ‘The refugee convention protects people who are being persecuted for political opinion (and) whistleblower activities come within that,’ he said. ‘Whistleblowing and the protection under the refugee convention trumps any efforts to extradite Edward Snowden.’
Snowden made other asylum bids: WikiLeaks (SBS World News, Jun. 25 2013)

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