Venezuela voices solidarity with Ecuador for support to Snowden
Hailing Edward Snowden for his revelations about an alleged espionage web in the United States, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro supported his Ecuadorian counterpart Rafael Correa for taking a firm stance vis-à-vis the warnings from Washington
In this regard, hailing Snowden for his revelations, Maduro said he supported President of Ecuador Rafael Correa for taking a firm stance vis-à-vis Washington's warnings against Ecuador if it granted asylum to the former agent.
According to Maduro, the world should closely monitor the situation and the attempts to create a system to "spy" on everyone.
"If this young man needs humanitarian protection and thinks he can come to Venezuela (...), Venezuela is willing to protect this brave young man in a humanitarian manner and for humankind to know the truth and put an end to this," said Maduro.
The Venezuelan president said Snowden mirrored the "rebellion of truth" and a "phenomenon that expresses something that is happening with US youth."
President Correa reported alleged US pressure, such as threats that Washington would remove tariff preferences, if Ecuador grants asylum to Snowden. "I congratulate President Correa for he acted courageously today," Maduro said.
Around 1.5 million Venezuelans have decided to emigrate in search of a better future for their families. The figure accounts to between 4% and 6% of the overall population. Approximately 88% of these expatriates have made up their mind to emigrate over the last 15 years.