Sunday, July 7, 2013
CNN reports that Venezuela says it has extended an offer of asylum to Edward Snowden, but it has not heard back from him. The nation has not had any communication with Snowden and is waiting to see whether he accepts their offer. Venezuela is one of three Latin American nations that would at least consider accepting Snowden. The others are Bolivia, which has offered asylum, and Nicaragua, which said it would consider it.
Snowden is a former contractor for the United States National Security Agency and a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency who leaked details of several top-secret U.S. and British government mass surveillance programs to the press.U.S. prosecutors have charged Snowden with espionage and theft of government property. He reportedly has applied for asylum in 20 countries.