Putin, Maduro, and Snowden: A deal in the making?
Well, Edward Snowden is starting to look like the guy in the Tom Hanks movie: stuck at The Terminal.
Ecuador is not in a hurry to take him in, Rafael Correa: we helped Snowden by mistake
Ecuador’s president reveals the whistleblower was granted a temporary travel card at 4am ‘without authorisation or validity’, which makes one wonder, is Subroto Roy right? He said,
Daniel Kaufman asks “In one phone call over the weekend, what did US VP Biden may have said to President Correa to reverse Ecuador’s protection of Snowden? Telling interview to the Guardian, but no answer to the riddle”, to which I say
Easy… Ecuador’s flower export industry had had it… Ecuador could choose between importing Snowden and exporting flowers..
But that’s water under the bridge by now.
On his part, Snowden has requested asylum in the
Republic of Austria, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Cuba, the Republic of Finland, the French Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of India, the Italian Republic, the Republic of Ireland, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Nicaragua, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Poland, the Russian Federation, the Kingdom of Spain, the Swiss Confederation and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Plus Russia (which he later withdrew), Iceland and Ecuador, but who’s counting.
Be that as it may, Edward Snowden’s options dwindle after political asylum rejections
Several countries have denied whistleblower’s request to seek asylum and others say he must be on their territory to apply
Putin will take Snowden in on the condition that “he must stop his activities aimed at inflicting damage to our American partners, no matter how strange it may sound on my lips,” indeed, all the while meeting with his Venezuelan, Iranian and Bolivian counterparts Nicolas Maduro, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Evo Morales respectively on Tuesday as part of a summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum.
Deals will be made, which brings us to this headline: Venezuela Defends Snowden but Hedges on Offering Sanctuary
Only Venezuela and Bolivia appeared to offer him a hint of hope for a way out of his limbo inside the international airport transit lounge at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, where he has been ensconced out of public view for nine days.