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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

Vladimir Putin holds a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro (AP)
EL UNIVERSAL
Tuesday July 02, 2013  09:29 AM
President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday in Moscow called for "international protection" for Edward Snowden, a former agent of the US secret services.

"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.
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