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.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.