Edward Snowden Is Having a Tough Time Finding Political Asylum Anywhere

Edward Snowden Is Having a Tough Time Finding Political Asylum Anywhere

Time for an Edward Snowden update! Despite being hailed as a hero by some (including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak), NSA whistleblower Snowden is having a very tough time finding a country to grant him political asylum while he waits "in transit" in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.

Snowden has reportedly applied to 21 countries total, and of them, ten have already said no: Austria, Finland, India, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Spain, Equador, Russia, and Brazil all turned him down, mostly on the grounds that he must already be in the country before he can apply for asylum thereIndia, however, just said "no" overall.

That leaves 11 more options: Bolivia, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Switzerland or Venezuela. At the moment, Venezuela actually seems the most likely—their president, Nicolas Maduro, has already commented on Snowden's application, saying, "We think this young person has done something very important for humanity."

President Maduro is currently in Russia, but it's not clear whether or not he would be taking Snowden back to Venezuela with him.

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[via Gawker]

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