Governments Protect Governments

report-nicaragua-willing-to-give-asylum-to-edward-snowdenEdward Snowden has been in the state of limbo since he arrived in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, a week ago, from Hong Kong to seek refuge and asylum from a free and sympathetic nation. The NSA whistleblower, which was willing to put his career and life on the line to protect the constitution, applied for asylum to nearly 27 different countries. Two countries offered the American most wanted asylum—take a wild guess of the two nations—one withdrawn, eleven denials, and thirteen pending—which will probably mean an NO. Snowden even surprisingly asked for asylum from Russia, but quickly recanted his request after Vladimir Putin’s inflammatory comments:

“If he wants to go somewhere and there are those who would take him, he is welcome to do so,” Putin said at a news conference. “If he wants to stay here, there is one condition: He must stop his activities aimed at inflicting damage on our American partners, no matter how strange it may sound coming from my lips.”

It was not surprising that the communist leader uttered those words, especially after PrisonPlanet reported that the United States are utilizing the Russian military to provide security for mass events. It is a violation of Posse Comitatus to use the U.S. to police the streets of America, FEMA, and Homeland Security has the audacity to use foreign troops. I’ve digressed; now let us get back to Snowden.

Asylum Offers:

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered asylum to Edward Snowden, making the announcement Friday on television during a broadcast of a parade marking the country’s day of independence.

“I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young American, Edward Snowden, so that in the fatherland of Bolivar and Chavez, he can come and live away from imperial North American persecution,”said Maduro.

The Central American country, Nicaragua released a statement articulating that they are accepting of Snowden asylum’s request:

“gladly receive” Snowden, who has been holed up in a transit section of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport since fleeing Hong Kong twelve days ago, and give him asylum, “if circumstances permit.”

A list of nations that absolutely rejected the NSA whistleblower’s asylum request:

Finland

No. The Finnish foreign ministry spokeswoman Tytti Pylkkö said Finnish law required Snowden to be in the country for him to apply.

Brazil

No. A foreign ministry spokesman said Brazil would not grant asylum, adding that it would leave the request unanswered.

Poland 

No. The foreign minister, Rados?aw Sikorski, wrote on his Twitter account: “I will not give a positive recommendation.”

India 

No. Syed Akbaruddin, a spokesman for India’s foreign ministry, said on Twitter: “Following careful examination we have concluded that we see no reason to accede to the Snowden request”

Russia

No. Snowden withdrew his request after Vladimir Putin’s statement making clear that he would be welcome only if he stopped “his work aimed at bringing harm” to the United States.

Finland

No. The Finnish foreign ministry spokeswoman Tytti Pylkkö said Finnish law required Snowden to be in the country for him to apply.

Spain

No. The foreign minister, José García-Margallo, told reporters in the Spanish parliament: “For it [the application] to be legally admissible, it has to be made by a person who is in Spain.”

Norway 

No. The Norwegian deputy justice secretary, Paal Loenseth, told the state broadcaster NRK: “Applying for asylum should be done on Norwegian soil. According to normal procedures, … his demand will be denied.”

Poland 

No. The foreign minister, Rados?aw Sikorski, wrote on his Twitter account: “I will not give a positive recommendation.”

Ecuador 

No. The president, Rafael Correa, said he was not considering Snowden’s asylum request. In an interview with the Guardian, Correa said Snowden would have to reach Ecuadorean territory before the country would consider any asylum request. The US has canceled Snowden’s passport, and Correa said his government would not give Snowden an authorized travel document to extract himself from Moscow airport. “The right of asylum request is one thing, but helping someone travel from one country to another – Ecuador has never done this.”

Austria 

No. The interior minister, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, said Snowden would have to submit his request for asylum while on Austrian soil. But she added that he would not be deported if he arrived in Austria because “there is no international arrest warrant.”

Ireland 

No. A spokesman for the department of justice said that under Irish law an asylum application could only be accepted from a person who had landed in or was within the state.

List of nations that callously yet to respond to Snowden’s asylum request:

Bolivia, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Iceland.

Despite Wikileaks’ claim that Snowden has applied for asylum with 27 nations, but China and France is denying receiving any request for asylum from the whistleblower. This is obviously a bunch of bullshit to illustrate to the world that they would have considered the asylum request, while not gainsaying their American partners like Russia.

Edward Snowden is no hero—relax people, I will explain—he is just a human being, who respects the rights of the citizens of his own country and believes that Americans should be consciously aware of the type of surveillance its country and the world has been engaged. It has become exasperating of the exponential growth of Big Brother into our everyday lives and should not be surprised about the very few nations who have decided to accept Snowden’s asylum requests. Venezuela and Nicaragua are brazen enough to take the risk of allowing Snowden to seek refuge regardless of the U.S. reaction. While these other nations are complicit in protecting tyrannical governments and its violation of the right of citizens.

There are approximately 191 countries in the world with the exclusion of the United States and partner governments protect other partner governments’ abusive powers.

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