Venezuela and Nicraragua to offer asylum to NSA leaker Snowden

As the old saying goes, dime con quien andas y te diré quien eres… (tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are).

Via ABC News:

Venezuela, Nicaragua Talk Asylum for Edward Snowden, but Could He Get There?

Venezuela and Nicaragua reportedly are prepared to throw Edward Snowden a lifeline — if he can get there.

The accused NSA leaker has been stuck in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremedevo International Airport for nearly two weeks, with no way to enter Russia, no valid U.S. passport to travel on because the United States revoked it, and no route to safe haven that avoids a U.S. extradition treaty.

Most of his applications for asylum in more than two dozen countries have been rejected, but now he may have options.

“I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young American Edward Snowden,” Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said Friday evening, adding that he was doing so, “in the name of the dignity of Latin America.”

“He can come and live here, away from the persecution of American imperialism,” Maduro said.

Just an hour earlier, Nicaragua offered what appeared to be conditional asylum.

“If the circumstances permit it, we would gladly receive Snowden here and would grant him asylum here,” Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega said on Friday.

He did not elaborate on what those circumstances would be.

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