Venezuela, Nicaragua Say Snowden Is Welcome
Latin American nations willing to offer asylum
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2013 5:39 AM CDT
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

(Newser) – He wasn't on that plane to Bolivia, but Edward Snowden may yet end up in Latin America. Venezuela and Nicaragua said yesterday they'd be willing to grant asylum to the NSA leaker, reports the BBC. Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega was a little less expansive, saying his country would do so if "circumstances permit," but Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro said his country would be proud “to protect this young man from the persecution unleashed by the world’s most powerful empire," reports the New York Times.

Of course, even when Snowden picks a country, he still has to get there from Russia, and European countries have shown they're willing to shut down airspace to prevent that. WikiLeaks says Snowden applied to six more countries yesterday, reports the Guardian. He had previously applied to nearly two dozen nations, but diplomatic pressure from the US resulted in a series of rejections. Latin America has since united behind him, thanks in part to the treatment of the Bolivian president's plane.

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I_hate_to_say
Jul 6, 2013 2:39 PM CDT
"Latin America has since united behind him, thanks in part to the treatment of the Bolivian president's plane." That's what happens when the CIA goons think they know how to run foreign policy. Russia needs to facilitate Snowdon's exit to the nation of his choice -- and the US needs to back off and stop acting like a school yard bully and thug. Bolivia has also indicated they will give asylum to Snowden. It's too bad Evo Morales didn't take Snowden on his plane.
Who_Cares
Jul 6, 2013 1:47 PM CDT
By the Law of God we should be able to travel to any place we desire. It is a different story when it comes to a right to work or right for benefits.
iq145
Jul 6, 2013 1:25 PM CDT
Think about the corruption levels in both Venezuela and Nicaragua! Sure SnowWhite is welcome there... for a price. They want to get their hands on the booty of looted info he has. Since it looks like they're probably going to get it anyway, i hope they beat him to death and just steal it.