Friday 23 February 2018

Countries' reactions to Snowden's asylum applications

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is wanted by Washington on espionage charges for revealing the secret U.S. electronic surveillance programme 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 which 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*Snowden has withdrawn his asylum application to Russia, according to the Kremlin.

Reuters

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