Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Which nations are left for Snowden's asylum?

Here's the rundown of reactions so far to NSA leaker Edward Snowden's applications for asylum, as supplied by WikiLeaks.

NSA leaker edward snowden asylum applications
A TV screen in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport shows NSA leaker Edward Snowden's photo June 26.
LONDON — Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is wanted by Washington on espionage charges for revealing the secret U.S. electronic surveillance program Prism, has applied for political asylum in more than a dozen countries.

The 30-year-old American remains in a legal limbo in the transit area at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. He has no legal travel documents and has made his asylum applications through a legal representative.

Here is a list of the countries Snowden has asked for asylum, as published by WikiLeaks, and their reactions so far:

Outright rejections}Finland,India,Poland.

Only in person/On their soil}Austria,Ecuador,Norway,Spain.

Willing in principle}Venezuela.

No decision}-(Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, France, Germany Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Russia*, Switzerland.)

*Snowden has withdrawn his asylum application to Russia, according to the Kremlin.
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