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  1. Bolivia joins countries offering Snowden asylum

    USA Today, Katharine Lackey and Peter Wilson, July 6

    Bolivia has joined a growing number of Latin American countries offering asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

    Bolivian President Evo Morales said Saturday that Snowden is welcome in his country. He did not say whether he had received a formal petition from the 30-year-old.

    The decision comes after Morales’ plane was abruptly rerouted to Vienna last week after being denied permission to fly over France on suspicion Snowden was on board. Morales said he is making the asylum offer as a protest against the U.S. and European nations he blames for the incident.

    Snowden, who is wanted by the U.S. for leaking classified information about a number of secret surveillance programs, has asked for asylum in more than 20 countries. A number of countries have already rejected applications.

  2. Nicaragua, Venezuela willing to offer asylum to Snowden

    AP, July 5

    Managua – Presidents Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela said Friday they were willing to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

    Snowden has asked for asylum in several countries, including Nicaragua and Venezuela.

    “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.

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