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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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