Venezuela’s president says he will offer asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
The fugitive, former spy agency contractor is thought to be holed up in a transit lounge at a Moscow airport.
Nicolas Maduro says his country would give Snowden the chance to “live away from the imperial North American persecution.”
Venezuelan ally Nicaragua is also hinting that it would be willing to help. President Daniel Ortega says his country could accept a bid “if circumstances permit.” He has not elaborated.
It all comes after leftist South American leaders gathered to denounce the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane over Europe.
It is alleged there were suspicions that Snowden could be onboard.
Who will grant Snowden asylum?
Austria – NO Says it can only grant asylum if request is made when on Austrian territory
Bolivia – POSSIBLY Bolivia say it did not receive Snowden’s application but president said he would consider granting him asylum.
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:”