During a speech yesterday Evo Morales officially offered NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, political asylum in his country Bolivia. Quoted in El Comercio Morales said that
“As a protest, we just want to say to the Europeans and Americans that we will give asylum to this US citizen that is being persecuted by his compatriots. We are not afraid.”
He mentioned that if Edward Snowden made the official request they would grant him asylum. This suggests that Snowden is yet to formally request asylum from Bolivia. Interestingly Snowden has now applied for asylum in 27 countries according to WikiLeaks and these have been met with mainly rejections but recently Edward Snowden was offered asylum by Venezuela and Nicaragua taking his total number of options now to three, all Latin American countries.
With the options coming in rather quickly now, with just 3 in 2 days, expect Snowden to get a few more offers as more countries follow in the footsteps of the Latin American nations.
Still the fact remains that even if Snowden takes asylum in Venezuela, Bolivia or Nicaragua he still has to get safe passage there without his flight being intercepted.
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