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Snowden's Asylum Request: 10 of the 21 Countries Not Viable Options

Snowden Withdraws Russia Asylum Request; Nine Countries Deny Application
7-2-13

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:

Austria
Brazil
Ecuador
Finland
India
Ireland
Norway
Poland
Spain

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:

Bolivia
China
Cuba
France
Germany
Iceland
Italy
the Netherlands
Nicaragua
Switzerland
Venezuela

Of the above 11 Venezuela appears to be his best bet: “[Snowden] deserves the world’s protection.
More:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-07-02/snowden-withdraws-r...

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He wont have a snowflakes

chance of getting into a UN country.

SteveMT's picture

Good point. There are only 3 non-UN countries out there.

[None seem to be a possibility. Perhaps others exist today besides these.]
Non-Members of the United Nations
Three Countries Are Non-Members, Depending on How You Count
Updated July 14, 2011
Lists of the 193 members of the United Nations are easy to locate, but how many countries are not members of the UN? Three countries out of the 196 countries of the world are not members of the United Nations.
Kosovo
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on on February 17, 2008 but has not gained complete international recognition to allow it to become a member of the United Nations.
Taiwan
In 1971 the People's Republic of China (mainland China) replaced Taiwan (also known as the Republic of China) in the United Nations.
Vatican City / The Holy See
The independent papal state of 771 people (including the Pope) was created in 1929. They have not chosen to become part of the international organization.
http://geography.about.com/od/politicalgeography/a/nun.htm

We need whistleblowers from

We need whistleblowers from each of these countries telling us, just WHY they refused, and exactly WHO refused

SteveMT's picture

Unfortunately, these countries are owned by the same masters.

The answer is that the same people who own these governments also own ours. Thanks for bump.