Maduro asks for "international protection" for Snowden
Nicolás Maduro rejected speculations that he would take Edward Snowden to Venezuela on his flight back to Caracas. He claimed that Snowden has not applied for political asylum in Venezuela
"He has not killed anyone; he just said the truth," Maduro said on the sidelines of a global forum of gas producing and exporting countries held in the Russian capital.
However, Venezuela is among the 21 countries where Snowden presumably asked for asylum, according to a list WikiLeaks published on Tuesday.
The countries in the list reportedly are Venezuela, Spain, Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Iceland, Austria, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, and Switzerland.
Further, Maduro rejected speculations that he would take Snowden to Venezuela on his flight back to Caracas. He claimed that the former intelligence agent has not applied for political asylum in Venezuela.
On Tuesday, Snowden withdrew his application for asylum in Russia. He has been in the transit terminal at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport for more than a week now, without documents after the United States nullified his passport.
According to inner surveys performed by the Venezuelan Association of Metallurgical and Mining Industries (AIMM), where 160 metallurgic companies were taken into consideration, 90% of the companies members of this association are "distressed because of their existence or survival in the short term," stated Manuel Eseverri, president of this association.