Presidents of Venezuela, Nicaragua Offer Asylum to Edward Snowden


0  Updated at 8:45 pm, July 5th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Photo by The Guardian via Getty Images(MOSCOW) — The presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela have offered political asylum to fugitive Edward Snowden.

According to BBC News, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro announced his willingness to accept Snowden in a speech on Venezuela’s Independence Day.

“As head of state and government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young U.S. citizen Edward Snowden,” Maduro said.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said that he would do the same “if circumstances permit,” according to Agence France-Presse.

Snowden has reportedly asked 21 nations for asylum, however, the majority have rejected his requests. Snowden is believed to still be at an airport in Moscow, where he arrived last month.

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