Sunday, July 7, 2013

Many countries offer asylum to Snowden

Snowden who is believed to be holed up in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport and has been trying to find a country that would give him sanctuary after he landed there from Hong Kong on June 23, has a finally a ray of hope as many countries have offered him asylum.

It was Bolivia which frst offered asylum on Saturday to former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden - and now has been followed by Venezuela and Nicaragua in defiance of Washington.

However, there has been no response by Snowden so far to these asylum offers. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who offered refuge to Snowden late on Friday, but the government said that by Saturday night it had not received any word back.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said his country had received an asylum request and could agree to it "if circumstances permit".

All three nations are members of the leftist Alba bloc of countries that was forged by Venezuela's late Hugo Chávez and whose leaders often denounce US "imperial" aggression.

In the meanwhile, Russia has kept Snowden at arm's length, saying the airport's transit area where passengers wait between flights is neutral territory and that he would only be on Russian soil if he went through passport control.

Read more about it at: Mail and Guardian
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