Now Bolivia offers asylum to Snowden

Sucre, July 7 : After Nicaragua and Venezuela, Bolivia has offered political asylum to former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor Edward Snowden.

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Saturday said his country has "no fear" of the US and its European allies, and that Snowden is "welcome" in the country.

With this Bolivia became the third Latin American country to offer asylum to Snowden.

On Friday, the presidents of both Nicaragua and Venezuela offered asylum to Snowden.

While giving speeches in their respective countries, both Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Friday said they could give political asylum to Snowden, who is wanted in the U.S. for espionage charges.

Ortega said his country will give asylum to the former CIA contractor 'if circumstances permit'.

Maduro said he has decided to offer 'humanitarian asylum' to Snowden.

Snowden has asked for asylum in several countries including Venezuela and Nicaragua.

"The requests were made to a number of countries including 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," said WikiLeaks in an editorial on Tuesday.

Earlier, India, Italy and France rejected Snowden's requests for asylum.

In June, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country will not extradite Snowden.

The CIA contractor leaked details of extensive communications surveillance on U.S. and foreign citizens by America's National Security Agency (NSA).

--IBNS (Posted on 07-07-2013)

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