Former CIA analyst, Edward Snowden, could soon be heading to Venezuela. President Nicolás Maduro confirmed he had received a formal request for political asylum from the US whistleblower who is currently living in a Moscow airport.
President Maduro said it was down to Snowden whether he decided to fly out, but that he was welcome in Venezuela. He criticised the United States’ treatment of Snowden.
“The United States does not govern the world nor does it govern us. We are a free country and sovereign and no one governs us, just the Venezuelan people, the legitimate government elected by the people” said Maduro.
Snowden has been staying in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for more than a fortnight.
He has applied for asylum with 21 countries since leaving the US. However President Obama has warned any government allowing Snowden into the country that it risks damaging relations with the US.
Snowden was charged with three counts of felony after revealing details of the US’s surveillance programme.
Who will grant Snowden asylum?
Austria – NO Says it can only grant asylum if request is made when on Austrian territory
Bolivia – YES President Evo Morales announces he would grant asylum to Snowden if asked
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 – NO France has officially rejected Snowden’s request.
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 – NO Italy has officially rejected Snowden’s request.
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 – POSSIBLY. President Daniel Ortega says his country could accept a bid “if circumstances permit.”
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:”