Sunday 24 September 2017

Venezuela 'last chance for Snowden'

Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega is willing to grant whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum, one of only two nations to do so (AP/Lucia Silva)
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega is willing to grant whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum, one of only two nations to do so (AP/Lucia Silva)
Nicaragua and Venezuela may be willing to grant asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden (AP/The Guardian)

An influential Russian parliament member who often speaks for the Kremlin is encouraging NSA leaker Edward Snowden to accept Venezuela's offer of asylum.

Alexei Pushkov, who heads the international affairs committee in Russia's parliament, posted a message on Twitter saying: "Venezuela is waiting for an answer from Snowden. This, perhaps, is his last chance to receive political asylum."

Russian officials say Snowden has been in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport since arriving on a flight from Hong Kong two weeks ago, unable to travel further because his US passport was annulled.

Mr Pushkov's comments appear to indicate that the Kremlin is anxious to be rid of the former National Security Agency systems analyst, who the US wants returned to face espionage charges.

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