Snowden’s Asylum Options: 1 Withdrawn 10 Rejected 10 Pending

/ 3 years ago


According to reports by Snowden’s options for political asylum are rapidly evaporating. The NSA whistleblower has withdrawn his application for Asylum to Russia after they told him he could only have asylum if he stopped “damaging” the USA, a condition he was not prepared to agree to. Furthermore Finland, Brazil, Poland, India and Germany all rejected his asylum claim outright stating they were not willing to accept him. Spain, Norway, Italy, Ecuador and Austria also rejected Snowden’s asylum request on the grounds that he had to be already inside the country for it to be processed. These rejections bring the total numbers of rejections to 10, and with the single withdrawal, 11 of Snowden’s options have already been vaporised.

So what options are left for the NSA whistleblower? Well he still has Bolivia, China, Cuba, France, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Switzerland and Venezuela left to reply. Of those ten remaining options China says it is not aware of the request and France has denied ever receiving such an Asylum request and since they also recently blocked a Bolivian Jet from flying through their airspace because of suspicions that Edward Snowden was onboard it could easily turn out that France will reject the request too.

As of writing the most likely nations to accept seem to be Venezuela and Bolivia after they both expressed anti-USA sentiments and stated their willingness to protect Snowden.

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  • spyonthewall

    antartica isnt owned by anyone, think its reserved for science, can he go there? main problem appears to be air space & or accessing international waters, i think he should stay in russia then and give the dossiers to a south american country to release, especially seeing as the US is constantly meddling and trying to control those areas.

  • Wayne

    He could always try the USA if he doesn’t mind facing a firing squad otherwise it’s “South pole here I come”..