Venezuela, Nicaragua offer asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden
"As head of state, the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young American Edward Snowden so that he can live (without) ... persecution from the empire," Maduro said, referring to the United States. He made the offer during a speech marking the anniversary of Venezuela's independence. It was not immediately clear if there were any conditions to Venezuela's offer.
In Nicaragua, Ortega said he was willing to make the same offer "if circumstances allow it." Ortega didn't say what the right circumstances would be when he spoke during a speech in Managua.
Too bad he isn't going to Cuba, would have loved to know he got some work and gets paid like $15 a month. Yeah US is so bad, fuck him
Where's the Neck Mole going?
R3 beat me to it. One would think he would get rid of that ASAP. It's such an easily identifiable feature. Let Snowden go to Venezuela, and then we'll see how he reacts when every now and then when there's a shortage of milk or toilet paper.
That boy is too fair-skinned for hot and sunny Venezuela. But he doesn't have much choice.
Good. At least there are some decent countries left in the world.
He is so gay. On the run, high drama and loving it. I want him to know the feeling after a cell clicks shut.
Venezuela is a nasty shithole populated by disgusting people. After a week there he'll go crawling back to the U.S.
How will he get out of Russia to get to Venezuela or Nicaragua?
Does our CIA have people in the airport in Moscow ready to grab him if he appears?
If the CIA wants to make sure he never arrives in South America, they should have him put on a Carnival Cruise ship.
Venezuela is the plastic surgery capital of South America. It'll be cheap for him to get that neck mile removed (and those thin lips plumped up a bit).
W&W for r12.
R13, are you as obsessed with Obama's big lumpy facial mole and all those tiny raised moles that give the President's face a speckled, mottled appearance?
Good riddance. Anyone who has been to Caracas knows that it's a hellhole that challenges even the best of humanity. Poor Snowden will likely collapse upon entry...
In order to reach Caracas, Snowden may have to fly to Vladivostok and then over the Pacific. Unfortunately for him, that route would have him flying very close to Hawaii. You just know that the United States would intercept the flight somehow.
The alternative would be for him to fly to somewhere in Africa, and then attempt a flight over the South Atlantic. There are likely African countries who are willing to look the other way as he transits; however, he might have to fly over Brazil, Guyana, and Suriname to get to Venezuela. Those three countries won't want to risk American wrath.
Putin's best bet to avoid further scandal is to sneak a tall Russian male model into Snowden's bedroom. The official cause of death can be choking on a huge Russian cock. Everyone wins - Snowden develops, however briefly, a personality, and Russia's tourist industry booms.
Ridiculous R17. None of these countries is afraid of America.
Brazil, Guyana, and Suriname would certainly not want to anger the United States. Do you think that the Europeans stopped Evo's plane just because they wanted to have a nice tea time chat with him? Please. The United States may not be as powerful as it used to be, but no non-pariah nation - and Venezuela is definitely a pariah nation - wants to consistently and openly antagonize the United States. China (Hong Kong) sent him away, and even Russia is getting annoyed with Snowden's extended stay.
Many nations have shown a willingness to not overly antagonize America, R18. Notice how the only nations offering sanctuary are loser nations with demagogue leaders.
Just curious, but can't an embassy car of a country he wants to go to be sent to pick him up at the airport?
And if that's not possible, why can't he fly to another airport that has a direct flight to his destination?
[quote]In order to reach Caracas, Snowden may have to fly to Vladivostok and then over the Pacific.
To get to South America, he has to fly to Cuba from Russia.
Raul Castro stood shoulder-to-shoulder Sunday with Latin American countries willing to take in NSA leaker Edward Snowden, but made no reference to whether Cuba itself would offer him refuge or safe passage.
Venezuela and Bolivia both made asylum offers to Snowden over the weekend, and Nicaragua has said it is also considering his request.
"We support the sovereign right of .... Venezuela and all states in the region to grant asylum to those persecuted for their ideals or their struggles for democratic rights," Castro said in a speech to Cuba's national assembly.
Snowden's simplest route to Latin America would be on one of five direct flights that Russian carrier Aeroflot operates to Havana each week. However those flights normally pass through U.S. airspace, raising the possibility they could be intercepted.
It is also not clear, despite Castro's speech, whether Cuba wants to risk torpedoing mildly improved relations with the United States by letting Snowden transit through the island.
He can't go that route, R22. That route takes him directly over American airspace (Florida). Hence, the alternatives that were discussed...
If the plane from Moscow would aim for Newfoundland for refueling, they could keep over the Atlantic and out of U.S. airspace on the way to Cuba.
After the US "pulled over" the plane of the Bolivian leader, they deserve to lose this scumbag.
Venezuela is full of hung hotties! Big plus!
There are no hung hotties in Venezuela. The men there look like a cross between a pig and a frog (see Hugo Chavez)
Canada would turn him over if the plane stopped in Newfoundland. He could stop in one of the Caribbean nations, I suppose... Haiti probably doesn't have the resources to detain him for long.
The noon news said that Snowden accepted the offer of asylum from Venezuela. It should be interesting to see how he gets there -- if he gets there.
Another plus: Venezuela is the world capital of plastic surgery. So they can take off that horrible mole.
Brazil is the world capital of plastic surgery.
I have friends who live in Caracas. It is not safe to go anywhere at night. Roving gangs routinely kidnap anyone who seems to have money. It's become so routine that many people keep a pile of cash handy to pay the ransom or simply stay locked up at home after dark.
[quote]To get to South America, he has to fly to Cuba from Russia.
He'd also have to fly over western Europe and some European countries (France and Gemany) will not allow a plane carrying him into their airspace.
R7 yeah he has gayface or ratface (in that he looks like a rodent), and his stripper GF in Hawaii was a GF for hire.
R16 how bad is Caracas?
It could be worse R34. He could be condemned to a life in suburbia.
Maybe he can take the scenic route and walk to Venezuela?
[quote]Snowden and Venezuela: My bizarre experience in the surveillance state
[quote]In 2009, a private call placed from the US by Isabel Lara to her mother was broadcast on Venezuelan state TV. Secretly taped calls are routinely used there to disgrace political enemies—or worse. To locals, the South American surveillance state is an odd place for government transparency advocate and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to end up.
[quote]Edward Snowden is heading to Venezuela? Seriously?
[quote]The Venezuelan government's offer of "humanitarian asylum" to Edward Snowden rang hollow to most Venezuelans, who are by now used to the government spying on opposition leaders, journalists and even their own loyalists. Not only does the government routinely record their phone conversations, it broadcasts them on government-owned TV channels.
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