Bolivia’s President Evo Morales became embroiled in the plight of US intelligence whistleblower on Tuesday night as he returned home from a visit to Russia.
His plane was diverted to Austria after Portugal and France refused it permission to cross their air space amid suspicions that Edward Snowden, had been on board.
Morales had earlier voiced support for Snowden who is still searching for a country to grant him asylum.
The former intelligence contractor is by all accounts still in limbo in a Moscow airport.
Along with Morales, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who had also been in Moscow, said Snowdon deserved the world’s protection:
“If a young man of 29 years was brave enough to tell the truth – of the spying by the US and its plans to control the world – who shouldn’t protect Snowden?” asked President Maduro.
A growing number of countries have now rejected Snowden’s asylum requests. The White House which wants him prosecuted for espionage, says it is optimistic he will return to face charges soon.
Who will grant Snowden asylum?
Austria – NO Says it can only grant asylum if request is made when on Austrian territory
Bolivia – ? Bolivia say it did not receive Snowden’s application but it would be open to discussions
Brazil – NO Officials have announced they will not grant his request, they will leave it unanswered.
China – ? Officials say they have no information on Snowden’s request
Cuba – ?
Ecuador – NO The president has said Ecuador is not considering the request, as it was made outside Ecuadorean territory
Finland – NO Says it can only grant asylum if request is made when on Finnish territory
France – UNLIKELY. President Hollande says he wants a common EU-wide position
Germany – NO After studying the “legal viability” of the request they rejected the application
Iceland – ?
India – NO India’s foreign ministry says it “sees no reason to accept” Snowden’s request
Italy – ? Says no official request received yet
Ireland – NO Says legally impossible as Snowden is not on Irish territory
Netherlands – UNLIKELY. Says it can only grant asylum if request is made when on Dutch territory
Nicaragua – ?
Norway UNLIKELY. Says it can only grant asylum if request is made when on Norwegian territory
Poland – NO Request rejected
Russia – NO Snowden withdrew the request himself
Spain – NO Says legally impossible as Snowden is not on Spanish territory
Switzerland – UNLIKELY. Says it has not yet received an asylum request and that it can only grant asylum if request is made on Swiss territory.
Venezuela – POSSIBLY. President Maduro says Snowden “needs the world’s protection:”