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Venezuelan president says the door is open to Snowden


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Venezuelan president says the door is open to Snowden

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?


AustriaNO Says it can only grant asylum if request is made when on Austrian territory

BoliviaYES President Evo Morales announces he would grant asylum to Snowden if asked

BrazilNO 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 – ?

EcuadorNO The president has said Ecuador is not considering the request, as it was made outside Ecuadorean territory

FinlandNO Says it can only grant asylum if request is made when on Finnish territory

FranceNO France has officially rejected Snowden’s request.

GermanyNO After studying the “legal viability” of the request they rejected the application

Iceland – ?





IndiaNO India’s foreign ministry says it “sees no reason to accept” Snowden’s request

ItalyNO Italy has officially rejected Snowden’s request.

IrelandNO Says legally impossible as Snowden is not on Irish territory

NetherlandsUNLIKELY. Says it can only grant asylum if request is made when on Dutch territory

NicaraguaPOSSIBLY. 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

PolandNO Request rejected

RussiaNO Snowden withdrew the request himself

SpainNO Says legally impossible as Snowden is not on Spanish territory

SwitzerlandUNLIKELY. Says it has not yet received an asylum request and that it can only grant asylum if request is made on Swiss territory.

VenezuelaPOSSIBLY. President Maduro says Snowden “needs the world’s protection:”



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