Snowden seeks a country that will grant him asylum
CARACAS — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro may be Edward Snowden’s best chance of escaping the Moscow Airport where he has been stuck for days.
During a meeting in Russia, just miles from where Snowden is hiding out, Maduro defended the former U.S. Spy contractor.
Snowden’s activities also came up during between Secretary of State John Kerry and the Russian foreign minister.
“I hope he will communicate the views that I expressed,” said Kerry.
Russia has demanded Snowden stop leaking damaging information if he wishes to stay with the country. Wikileaks says he has submitted applications to Venezuela, Bolivia and 18 other countries.
Many European countries on the list are not considering his request on technicalities.
“If it’s costing them the people trading relationships, their economy their jobs, those are far more important to people than a guy like Snowden,” said Edward Walker, former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt.
Yesterday (Monday) Snowden broke nine days of silence in a statement released by Wikileaks, and showed no signs of backing down writing in a statement “I am unbowed in my convictions.”
“I would have to imagine that he has a heck of a lot more than he’s released thus far,” said John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org.
Security expert John Pike says the big question is what else exactly Snowden has.
“One thing that I’m looking for is to see whether he releases information that demonstrates the US government is actually listening to conversations,” said Pike.
More leaks could mean more fallout for the U.S. and its relations overseas.