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Vt. man trying to help Edward Snowden

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Edward Snowden leaked classified government documents, his U.S. passport has been revoked and now he's trapped in a transit center at a Moscow airport with no ticket out-- but one Vermont man thinks he can help.

"We say, well, that's a violation. He can't move, he can't get out, he can't get in and yet there he is, a human being," Garry Davis said.

Davis, who lives in South Burlington, founded the nonprofit World Service Authority nearly 50 years ago with the utopian ideal that people are citizens of the world, not of nations. It claims to have nearly 1 million members worldwide.

"We're doing nothing illegal; all we're doing is conforming to the idea that human rights must be protected by law," Davis said.

The WSA has issued hundreds of thousands of global passports over the years that they would argue are real. Earlier this month, the organization made one for Edward Snowden.

"The world passport opens the door. Anyone can get it; everyone is a human being, everyone has a right to travel,'" Davis explained.

Reporter Deanna LeBlanc: Have you spoken with Mr. Snowden? Did he ask for a passport from you?

Garry Davis: No, he didn't, but he doesn't have to ask for a passport. He is also a world citizen and is exercising his rights as a human being.

It's unclear which -- if any countries -- would accept the passport if Snowden tries to use it. Davis himself has been detained at border crossings 34 times. But the WSA website has a list of countries that have, on a case by case basis, accepted the passport.

Though he's never spoken to Snowden, Davis got word Tuesday afternoon that the passport has reached Russia. The foreign ministry of Russia has accepted it. It doesn't say it does or doesn't recognize it, but the passport is in the hands of Snowden.

Earlier Tuesday Snowden submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia. If approved, it would mean Snowden could live and work in Russia for up to one year and could then be renewed.

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