Skip to comments.Snowden agrees to asylum in Venezuela: top lawmaker
Posted on 07/09/2013 7:46:47 AM PDT by Perdogg
US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has been holed up in a Moscow airport for more than two weeks, has agreed to an offer of political asylum from Venezuela, a top pro-Kremlin lawmaker said on Tuesday.
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Hope he was guaranteed a good supply of toilet paper.
Obama will stamp his foot, make a speech and send a letter of concern.
He chose poorly. Bolivia would have been my pick.
LOL. or HAHAHAHAHA, what if Putin decides to give him a ride on an Ilyushin Il-476 to Venezuela?
“What now President Obama?”
Unless Russia smuggles him out in a submarine, or something, the Obama crowd will see that he never reaches his destination. And, Venezuela probably can’t offer him as much protection against a covert operation to “extract” him as Russia. Then, there’s the possibility that Venezuela sees this as a money-making opportunity via U.S. bounty.
These South American countries only want him for the NSA goodies ,he better watch his back after they get the goodies , LOL
Really bad choice in my opinion-countries like Venezuela don’t grant political asylum-they take political hostages. He may well be sold to the highest bidder...
All Venezuela has to do is issue him a diplomatic passport.
pResident Affirmative Action is no match for the big boys.
I’d have done Iceland. Coolest name on the planet ;-) Pick a nice spot near a geothermal spa and enjoy global warming.
Say what you will about Putin, he can run rings around Barry in the Tough and Smart department.
Hope he enjoys his workers’ paradise......
Plus, Icelandic chix are, well....hot.
Hope he brings his own toilet paper
Good fit for Snowden. From one communist country to another. They deserve each other.
Buddy of mine said his dad was stationed in Iceland.
Said that the place was filled with “beautiful, buxom
young blonde women, who did not have a tooth left in
Of course like the Brits, I suspect their dental technology has come aways since the 1960’s.
Who realized the Whistleblower free-agency market was so active?
Tenga una gran vida e vivir a lo grande
Assuming this is real information, Snowden will probably fly Aeroflot. Putin would just love Obama to force down a Russian jet. Things would get real interesting, real fast and Obama won't even remember the name Snowden when Vlad is done with him.
If he’s bitter over Gitmo and drone strikes, what’s he going to say about human rights abuses in Venezuela, China, or Russia?
Having been to Iceland multiple times, I want to tell you that is not accurate, at least in the 21st century. There are worse places, many worse places, than to end up in Iceland.
F16 shoot down of the airplane? Big embarrassment to OClown.
“Buddy of mine said his dad was stationed in Iceland. Said that the place was filled with beautiful, buxom young blonde women, who did not have a tooth left in their head.”
Nothing a nice set of dentures cannot solve and now they have dental implants too.
I think it’s a good choice, Russia seems like a dreary, miserable place to live. Venezuela has nice beaches and weather.....
and women who wear thongs to the beach.
Russia is nice, but only if you have a money tree.
The one thing, imo, is Swowdin will not really be safe in Venezuela. If the US has a reward for him, it will not look good for him. I think Swowdin did not think this through completely.
Remember.... Iceland didn’t turn Snowden down, they just didn’t vote to bend the law that says you have to be in-country to apply for asylum. That’s where he really wants to be.
Not too sure Iceland would have kept him? But it begs the question as to why he not go there in the first place, instead of Hong Kong?
He'd have to develop a taste for kæstur hákarl though...
“Enjoy” it there or enjoy it here.
Maybe Kenya will take him and he can run for President of Kenya after saying he was born there.
Yep - but then, so could a field mouse
Two considerations: the price of oil and Venezuela’s desire to avoid becoming the laughingstock of other countries south of our border. Keeping him happy will be a nationalist effort there.
Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take ya
Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego baby why don't we go
Well, he'd better skip Key Largo, but might end up writing a book, making a ton of pesos or whatever, and having a pretty nice life.
And then the CIA pulled up alongside.......
LOL! I’d pick Bolivia because the Andean region is a great place to hide. You can buy “air cover” real cheap, and the borders are porous. Things too hot in La Paz? Just slip on down to Buenos Aires. Tell ‘em Klaus Barbie sent you.
There is nowhere to hide in South America if the CIA is after you. Russia, or China, or Muslim countries would be better. Venezuela is US's backyard. He would have to be on guard 24/7/365, but the extraction force would only need to get one favorable occasion. As an extreme measure, they will just send a word that his head would be well paid for. I do not see how he can survive, short of a major surgery and fake ID.
Obama and Maduro...no difference between the two.
Hopefully Snowden finds refuge in a country not afraid of Obama’s threats.
LOL Klaus Barbie is pretty close to moi backwards. But no cigar.
"I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under."
"I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy, and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity."
And he then asks for asylum in Venezuela. Only Zimbabwe, Cuba, and North Korea are less free, according to Heritage. Obama loves Venezuela.
"I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, and that the return of this information to the public marks my end."
"Theres no saving me."
"The only thing I fear is the harmful effects on my family, who I won't be able to help any more. That's what keeps me up at night."
"I do not expect to see home again."
His actions (not including the actual "whistleblowing")and movements can hardly be considered heroic or selfless. Fears for his family? What family? He has no family of his own. His father was a coast guard officer who lives in Pennsylvania, his mother a federal court clerk in Maryland.
I think this whole thing may be an operation to accomplish this:
"The great fear (replace fear with desire) that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change. [People] won't be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things... And in the months ahead, the years ahead, it's only going to get worse. [The NSA will] say that... because of the crisis, the dangers that we face in the world, some new and unpredicted threat, we need more authority, we need more power, and there will be nothing the people can do at that point to oppose it. And it will be turnkey tyranny."
I guess North Korea and Cuba were all booked-up.
Also keep in mind, Snowden can sit around in Caracas for a few weeks sipping tropical drinks, and then under the surface rig a deal with another Latin American country a little less authoritarian (communist) than Venezuela, and then get there, without ever passing over US or extraditable airspace. I am sure the Venezuelans could issue him travel documents or a passport. This might just be a stop on the way to his real final destination, maybe even a fakeout, is what I am saying. If he is a true patriot and has not been "turned" to the Red (dark) Side, then he will learn to loath Comrade Maduro and that whole lot down there, very, very soon. We shall see. What a strange story with many strange twists and turns.
23 posted on 7/9/2013 11:35:40 AM by Truth29: “Assuming this is real information, Snowden will probably fly Aeroflot. Putin would just love Obama to force down a Russian jet. Things would get real interesting, real fast and Obama won't even remember the name Snowden when Vlad is done with him.”
Agreed with both of you.
And it's really annoying when as a conservative American I have to say that Putin is doing the right thing an awful lot of the time. Banning gay marriages, banning adoptions of Russian children by single people in countries where homosexuality is legal, and now this. I know he's got his own agenda, but at least Putin is a patriot who loves his country and is willing to fight for it.
Please, somebody... wake me up and tell me this is a bad episode of the Twilight Zone.
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