Developing Story: Edward Snowden Now Granted Asylum In 3 Countries (VIDEO)


Edward Snowden

After petitioning over 20 countries, fugitive, Edward Snowden, wanted for espionage, was granted asylum by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro last week. Two more countries have  joined Maduro in giving refuge to the 30-year old man.

President Nicloas Maduro of Venezuela:

“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.

 President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua said he is willing to consider Snowden’s application as well, adding:

“We have the sovereign right to help a person who felt remorse after finding out how the United States was using technology to spy on the whole world, and especially its European allies,” Ortega said.

President Morales of Ecuador:

“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,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said, according to Reuters.

Snowden is suspected of still being held up in Moscow’s international  airport. The intelligence contractor fled the United States last month and had been seen in China and Russia.

Here is a clip from CNN about the offers of asylum:

Here is a ABC News video from this past week discussing Snowden’s statement to WikiLeaks and where the U.S. stands.

ABC News