Photo: Bolivia: Asylum for Edward Snowden
Today alleged NSA leaker and U.S. spy Edward Snowden received his third offer of asylum, this one from Bolivia. The first two offers that came yesterday were also from Latin America that included Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales said this morning Snowden is welcomed in his country. He did not confirm or deny if Snowden had filed a formal request for asylum to Bolivia. Morales is offering Snowden asylum in “justa protesta” against the European countries that treated him so shabbily this week.
Morales’ decision comes on the heels of his eventful journey home from a diplomatic trip to Russia. His presidential plane was denied access to certain European airspace as it was making its way home, after it was believed he had Snowden aboard the plane.
Austria finally agreed to let the plane land to refuel but not after keeping the plane on the ground and President Morales in a VIP lounge for some 13 hours. The plane was searched for Snowden and he was not on it.
Yesterday Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega said he would grant Snowden asylum if “circumstances permit” while Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro gave him a broader and wider welcome.
The left-leaning leader of Venezuela said “I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young American, Edward Snowden, so that in the fatherland of (Simon) Bolivar and (Hugo) Chavez, he can come live away from the imperial North American persecution.”
The U.S. has charged the 30-year-old computer hacker with taking and revealing classified secrets about U.S. surveillance programs. Snowden has been on the run since confessing to hacking National Security Agency computers and taking sensitive documents while working there. He is currently sitting in a Moscow airport having applied for asylum in 21 different countries.