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Bolivian president willing to provide asylum for Snowden

English.news.cn   2013-07-07 10:38:01            

Photo taken on July 7, 2013, shows the Bolivia embassy in Moscow, Russia. Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Saturday his country will offer humanitarian asylum for U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden if asked, according to reports reaching here from La Paz. (Xinhua/Dai He)
LIMA, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Saturday his country will offer humanitarian asylum for U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden if asked, according to reports reaching here from La Paz.

Morales, who was speaking to residents in Chipaya, a small town in western Bolivia, made the statement to "solemnly protest" his plane being refused to fly through four European countries' airspace amid suspicions that Snowden was on board earlier this week.

Morales said Bolivia is not going to be intimidated by the United States and European countries on the Snowden issue.

He said he only knew about Snowden through media, but the United States and some European countries made unfounded suspicions that his plane took Snowden away from Moscow.

In fear of Snowden's presence, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain blocked the presidential plane after Morales left Moscow where he attended a meeting of natural gas-producing nations on July 2, forcing it to land in Vienna, Austria.

This incident aroused anger among several Latin American leaders, who joined Morales two days ago in a meeting to condemn the European countries for infringing on the rights of Bolivia and all the Latin-American people, saying it is a violation of international law.

The Bolivian government blamed the United States for pressuring the European countries on the Snowden issue, threatening to close the U.S. embassy in Bolivia.

Snowden, who has been stranded in the transit area in Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport for about two weeks, has reportedly applied for asylum in 21 countries, with Venezuelan and Nicaraguan presidents having making the offer and Ecuador willing to consider the application.

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Nicaragua willing to grant Snowden asylum

MANAGUA, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said Friday his government would be willing to grant political asylum to Edward Snowden, the U.S. intelligence whistleblower, "if conditions permit."

Ortega also confirmed that his government had received a formal asylum request from Snowden via its embassy in Moscow. Full story

Russia not to decide Snowden's fate: diplomat

MOSCOW, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Moscow will not influence the circumstances around Edward Snowden because the NSA leaker has not appealed for political asylum in Russia, a high-ranking diplomat said Thursday.

"We assume that, without a decision this way or that, and without his understanding what is best for him ... we cannot decide anything for him," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters.Full story

France rejects Snowden's asylum request: minister

PARIS, July 4 (Xinhua) -- France has refused to grant former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's request for political asylum in Paris, the country's Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday.

"Like many other countries, France received, via its embassy in Moscow, an asylum apply from Mr. Edward Snowden. Given the legal analysis and the situation of the interested party, France will not agree," the minister said in a statement.Full story

Bolivia denies Snowden on president's plane

LA PAZ, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca Tuesday denied U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden was on the plane flying Bolivia's president out of Europe, after the plane was diverted on suspicions it was carrying both men.

In a televised announcement, the minister said "we don't know who invented the lie, but we want to denounce the injustice of ( diverting) President Evo Morales' plane to the international community."Full story

Snowden asks for political asylum in Russia, Kremlin remains silent

MOSCOW, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Fugitive U.S. citizen Edward Snowden has asked for political asylum in Russia, the Foreign Ministry said Monday. The Kremlin made no comments over the latest developments.

"British citizen Sarah Harrison who acted on behalf of the U.S. citizen Edward Snowden arrived at the consular office of the Foreign Ministry in the Sheremetyevo airport. She has handed over to the Russian diplomats Snowden's request about granting him political asylum in Russia," the Interfax news agency quoted consular officer Kim Shevchenko as saying.Full story

Russia sees it hard to make satisfactory decision over Snowden

MOSCOW, July 1 (Xinhua) -- No ready-made decision over the fate of fugitive Edward Snowden exists, said Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Russian Security Council, Monday.

"There is no decision which would satisfy both sides," Patrushev told the state news channel Russia-24.Full story

White House expecting Russia to expel Snowden back to U.S.

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The White House said on Monday that it was expecting Russia to look at the options available to expel fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden back to the country.

"It is our assumption that he is in Russia," spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a regular press briefing.  Full story

White House expecting Russia to expel Snowden back to U.S.

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The White House said on Monday that it was expecting Russia to look at the options available to expel fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden back to the country.

"It is our assumption that he is in Russia," spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a regular press briefing. Full story

Snowden "healthy and safe", whereabouts undisclosed

MOSCOW, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Minutes after the jet bridge of a Moscow-Havana flight disembarked on Monday, journalists dashing to seat 17A got disappointed as Edward Snowden, the U.S. intelligence whistleblower, was not there.

Snowden, charged by the U.S. government with three felonies, including two under the Espionage Act, reportedly arrived in Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport on Sunday and was expected to take Aeroflot flight SU150 to Havana, Cuba on Monday.  Full story

 

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