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Bolivia's Morales offers asylum to US leaker Snowden

Nicaragua and Venezuela have also offered asylum to the American – one days after denouncing the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane over Europe amid reports that the fugitive was aboard.

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BOLIVIA’S PRESIDENT Evo Morales on Saturday said he would grant asylum Edward Snowden, if the fugitive US leaker, who is holed up in an airport in Moscow, requests it.

Declaring that Bolivia has “no fear” of the United States and its European allies, Morales said that he would be willing “to give asylum to the American, if he asks.”

On Friday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered asylum to Snowden, giving a possible escape route to the fugitive whose revelations rocked the US government and security establishment.

In Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega also gave the 30-year-old computer expert another glimmer of hope, saying that “if circumstances permit”, his government would be willing to shelter the man who has been in limbo in a Moscow airport since June 23.

However, how Snowden – whose passport has been revoked – could travel to either country remains unclear.

- © AFP, 2013

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