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.
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.