charges for suspected betrayals that could possibly endanger citizens of the U.S. and other free nations.
Although Snowden's first choice to run afterdeparting Hong Kong was Russia, his apparentremaining options are now the nations of Venezuela,Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Ecuador, all in the Americas. Moreover, some of the leaders of thesecountries have called Snowden a hero. This as, overthe decades, many others from those nations
whohave been described in democratically principlednations as heroes
have been shot to death withouta trial.
On June 14, 2013, U.S. federal prosecutors chargedSnowden with espionage and theft of governmentproperty. With Snowden remaining on Russian turf, within theconfines of a mile-
long "transit" area of Moscow’s
Sheremetyevo Airport, Russian Vladimir Putin hascoyly said that if Snowden wanted to be grantedasylum in Russia, Snowden would have to "stop his work ai
med at harming our American partners.”
This trail of Snowden, from China to Russia, has what appears to be the remaining dregs available that wish to grant, or continue to consider their options,for Snowden, while closely monitoring a worldaudience scrutinizing the process. Venezuela, Cuba,Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Ecuador are kicking thisdecision around like a world cup soccer ball with noclear shot at the goal.
Of the most vociferous critics of the U.S., Venezuela’s
new President Nicolas Maduro and BolivianPresident Evo Morales, Maduro, the protégé of deceased President Hugo Chavez, was quick to judgeSnowden stating, "I think we should do something
He went on say, “we are not afraid of any kind of empires. I don’t know how many people can
hear mein this studio, but there is no empire that canintimidate us."Bolivian President Evo Morales said he would grantasylum to Snowden if requested.
Raul Castro expressed his support for those Latin