Do Asylum Invitations from Venezuela and Nicaragua Matter If Edward Snowden Stuck in Moscow Airport?

Dario Castillejos, Diario La Crisis

Dario Castillejos, Diario La Crisis

Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia are reportedly prepared to grant fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden asylum, but can he ever get there?

ABC News:  “The accused NSA leaker has been stuck in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremedevo International Airport for nearly two weeks, with no way to enter Russia, no valid U.S. passport to travel on because the United States revoked it, and no route to safe haven that avoids a U.S. extradition treaty.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that a senior U.S. official said that the invitations “appeared at this point to be symbolic, because Mr. Snowden’s fate still largely depends on the Russian government.”

One way Edward Snowden can leave Moscow is if some wealthy Wikileaks supporter brings a private jet to Sheremetyevo International Airport to fly him out of Russia. They would have to find a route, with refueling stops, that avoids air space over countries that would deny him entry. We know he most likely can’t take a commercial flight because of overflight restrictions. That means airlines would deny him boarding. There’s also the far-fetched possibility that another country could issue him a passport. The citizenship effort failed in Iceland, but could that be an option for Nicolas Maduro or Evo Morales to explore?

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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Author: JANET SHAN

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  1. You just KNOW Putin wants something from us. My guess is he will turn over Snowden before anyone can get him out of there. I dare say they are discussing terms even as we write our speculations.

  2. SheKnows — Putin is a sly fellow but he recognizes that getting along with the U.S. is in his best interest, as it is for us too. They are beginning to tire of Snowden and want him gone. It’s interesting that we haven’t heard what conditions, if any, does the Venezuelan asylum invitation come with. Obama is too calm about this. Just like he was with the whole Osama bin Laden issue until he was killed.

  3. Exactly Janet. I think that is why Putin made that uncharacteristic comment about Snowden not continuing to give out information. He was trying to pretend he is now our good friend, and in keeping with that friendship he will turn over Snowden. ( our new good friend is making some unholy deals with the devil as it were even as we speak.)

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