Trapped inside a Moscow airport, one of America’s most wanted whistleblowers Edward Snowden may finally be able to book his flight to freedom. Nicaragua Venezuela and Bolivia have offered to welcome him.
It comes after the Bolivian president’s plane was diverted in Europe on the unfounded suspicion Snowden was aboard his flight out of Moscow. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro took the opportunity to denounce the USA’s actions: “I announce to the governments of the friendly nations in the world that we have decided to offer the international humanitarian right of asylum to protect the young Snowden from the persecution that has been unleashed from the imperial North American power, against a young man who only spoke the truth.”
Snowden is yet to accept Maduro’s invitation. There are no direct flights, and leaving European airspace will be tricky. Wikileaks said he had applied to six more countries on Friday bringing the total number of demands to 27. The whistleblowing website refused to name which ones “due to attempted US interference”. They fear what will happen if he is caught by America.
“If he falls into the hands of the US, he will be tried and certainly charged. If a French or British civil servant had done the same thing, they would be dealt with in the same manner,” said Claude Moniquet from the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Centre.
Snowden’s journey which began at home in Hawaii before he left for Hong Kong to start leaking sensitive information about US government surveillance programmes is now the subject of an online movie. Made by Hong Kong filmmakers, it is anyone’s guess who will write the real ending to the Snowden saga.
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 be willing to offer asylum to Snowden if he’s applying for
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.”
NorwayUNLIKELY. 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:”