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Edward Snowden

Venezuela’s President Maduro offers asylum to US fugitive Snowden

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 July, 2013, 8:49am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 July, 2013, 9:30am

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday he had decided to offer asylum to former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who has petitioned several countries to avoid capture by Washington.

“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 and live away from the imperial North American persecution,” Maduro told a televised parade marking Venezuela’s independence day.

Snowden is believed to be holed up in the transit area of a Moscow international airport.


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Why is he a hero ? If he so believed what he did was right then why isnt he standing up to be counted as opposed to hiding away. Dont miss understand the reason why Venezuela did this - they did it to annoy the US. Their Human Rights record is nothing to be proud of - its getting better i grant you but they still have political prisoners and significant issues of freedom of the press..
John Adams
Go for it Ed !
I'm sure you pick up this comments correspondence on the SCMP website from your current base in Moscow airport.
The whole free world is behind you - in spirit, although maybe not in expressed word.
I was there personally whistling for you in HK at the demonstration ! :-)
The only problem is that the "free" world at govt level is still held captive to the USA, which has betrayed its idealistic beginnings.
The founding fathers would be horrified to see what a monstrous frankinstein great great great ... grandson it has given birth to.
I can never, ever condone 9/11 (nor terrorism of any kind in general). But I must ask the obvious question: what did the USA do to the Middle East to provoke such immense animosity ?
And why is the USA now so scared post 9/11 that they feel they can ride rough-shod over and bully every South American continent neighbor and every European ally ?
As a westerner who has made HK and China his adopted country for life, I am glad to be counted as a 'Chinese person at heart and soul' who supports you Ed.
China these days truly does many things right that the USA does wrong.
I do hope China grants you safe passage to Venezuela and the land of Hugo Chavaz.
John Adams
Read the history of Simon Bolivar and Hugo Chavez before you comment negatively on what Venezuela has done for Snowden.
hard times !
our Snowden is finally saved
he has been offered
a safe haven from
the fatherland of Bolivar and
Hugo Chavez---Venezuela
that criticizes the imperial N.America
for persecuting a young
American who leaks
the unconstitutional cyberspying
activities of the NSA of
America to the world
hoping Snowden can safely
reach his refuge far
far away
I predicted that after the virtual kidnapping of President Evo Morales of Bolivia, by the French security agencies at the express prompting of United States, country, after country, would now stand up to offer asylum to Edward Snowden. The blatant imperial tone that the "diplomacy" of the United States has taken in response to Snowden's revelations has finally broken the spell that the United States, with its overwhelming power, both economic, and military, has held over the rest of World, and especially over the smaller nations of the World. A chorus of "who's afraid of the big bad wolf" can now be heard echoing across the globe. It would be interesting to know if the orders to interdict Morales plane ever originated with the President of the United States at all, as the NSA and other agencies, may have found, in recent years, that waiting for authorization from the President was an undo hindrance, and have been interpreting national policy all on their own, without interference from the Office of the President. With the millions of government contractors involved in policing national secrets, what we may have been seeing lately is kind of a crowd based foreign policy.
John Adams
I agree - Ed Snowden should fly east via Beijing to Venezuela
China has shown ( via HK ) that is is sympathetic to Snowden's case ( besides itself being a victim of NSA cyber-espionage)
That would give the USA-controlled western world a clear message that the East is rising and we will NOT succumb to USA bullying as in the past.
I sincerely believe that that Snowden-gate marks a watershed in East-West relations, and that the USA has completely mis-read the seriousness of the situation, thinking it could bully its way through as in the past.
The affront to Bolivia - and thereby to the whole South American Continent - was the last straw.
Water once spilled can never be put back into a broken glass.
Russia and South America border the Pacific Ocean. No need to ask any third party for the right to fly over their country.
I wouldn't be surprised if Snowden is already there. After all, Putin was a KGB man.
And when everybody watched Morales' plane in Europe, there was ample time to get Snowden to safety.
Please remind me again - I already forgot: Why could Snowden NOT stay in Hong Kong? Or go to China?
I totally agree. Well put
I like the idea of Snowden flying to Beijing, and from there maybe a Hong Kong company, supported with Chinese engineering and money, can build a 'fast track' tunnel from Beijing to Nicaragua. Dig, baby, dig!



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