Both Venezuela and Nicaragua have made offers of asylum to Edward Snowden.
[Venezuelan president Nicolas] Maduro said Venezuela was ready to offer him sanctuary, and that the details Snowden had revealed of a US spy program had exposed the nefarious schemes of the US “empire”.
“He has told the truth, in the spirit of rebellion, about the US spying on the whole world,” Maduro said.
Meanwhile Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega said “We are an open country, respectful of the right of asylum, and it’s clear that if circumstances permit, we would gladly receive Snowden and give him asylum in Nicaragua.”
It is interesting that the news item refers to Nicaragua as a ‘one time cold war adversary of the United States’. That is hardly the case, implying as it does that Nicaragua was hostile to the US. The reality is that Nicaragua (after Ortega became president for the first time after overthrowing the dictator Anastasio Somoza) was the victim of a vicious attack by the Contras, a group of murderous thugs completely supported with arms and money by the US who attacked schools, hospitals, and any other programs by the Sandinista government aimed at uplifting the conditions of the poor.
So will the US again try and get their allies/client states again engage in air piracy in order to block the airspace if Snowden attempts to get there?