Snowden Is Offered Asylum by Venezuela, Nicaragua
In defiance of the United States, Presidents Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela said today that they were ..willing to grant asylum to Edward Snowden, leaker of theUS secretive surveillance program, also known as PRISM.
Nicolas Maduro – President of Venezuela – said Snowden’s only crime was to tell the truth. He also said that “We have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the American Edward Snowden to protect him from the persecution being unleashed by the world’s most powerful empire,”
Currently he is at the Moscow airport for more than a week now. He had sought asylum in more than two dozen countries, including India. But the United States had warned countries not to give asylum to Snowden arguing that he is wanted on charges of espionage and leakingclassified information. So majority of the countries including India had refused his application
“It’s clear that if the circumstances permit it we will gladly receive Snowden and will grant him asylum here in Nicaragua,” he said. “We have the sovereign right to help a person who felt remorse after finding out how the United States was using technology to spy on the whole world, and especially its European allies,” said by, Ortega – President of Nicaragua.
The simultaneous announcements by presidents of Venezuela and Nicaragua could be seen as a big disappointment for the America, but It’s unclear how Mr. Edward Snowden could make it to either country, however. There are no direct commercial flights from Moscow to Caracas,Venezuela