WASHINGTON — The more time goes on, it seems a few countries have chosen to defy the United States by hiding wanted NSA leaker Edward Snowden. After Russia, only Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua are offering him political asylum.
Reuters reports that Snowden is thinking of moving on from his temporary home in a Moscow airport terminal. Iceland also offered asylum, but the country’s parliament put the decision on the back burner.
The list of countries that withdrew from consideration had grown to the extent that some wondered, will Snowden ever find a home?
U.S. President Barack Obama is taking a backseat approach to the case and asked the press on why he should have to directly talk with Chinese and Russian leaders to pressure them to hand Snowden over to the U.S. authorities.
Bolivian President Evo Morales, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega officially offered Snowden asylum in their countries. All of these three countries have been hostile toward the U.S. under these leader’s presidential terms.
Morales denied American drug agents from entering the country to combat the Bolivian drug trade, while Maduro echoed his predecessor Hugo Chavez’s virulent and critical anti-American rhetoric upon his election (which is still disputed). Ortega has had icy relations with the U.S. due to his leftist-socialist ideology.
But, Ecuador had offered Snowden asylum until its authorities decided against it. People had thought it would be Snowden’s hideout because it is hiding Wikileaks founder and wanted criminal Julian Assange.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was apparently upset at Snowden’s decision to withdraw his application for asylum in Russia after Russia appeared to be the only realistic location for Snowden to hide from American authorities.