Snowden's Asylum Request: 10 of the 21 Countries Not Viable OptionsSubmitted by SteveMT on Tue, 07/02/2013 - 11:24
Snowden Withdraws Russia Asylum Request; Nine Countries Deny Application
Things are turning from bad to worse for the real-life version of The Terminal's Edward Snowden, who a day after applying to 21 countries for political asylum has been flooded with rejection letters near and far, even as he was forced to cancel his application to his current host nation, Russia, after being told he would have to stop leaking secrets as a condition to stay. More from the FT: "The 30-year-old fugitive’s options narrowed further on Tuesday when China reacted coolly to the idea of him moving there, Poland rejected an application and other European nations said asylum requests had to be made in the country."
Of the 21 applicants listed yesterday, so far 9 countries have rejected his asylum status application. These include:
And with Russia now out of the running too, 10 out of 21 on the original list are out. The bulk of these countries rejected the application on a technicality, claiming that the applicant must be on their soil before he or she can be granted asylum status.
The countries still remaining on the eligible list include:
Of the above 11 Venezuela appears to be his best bet: “[Snowden] deserves the world’s protection.