President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela said on Friday that he is willing to provide Edward Snowden humanitarian asylum because the former NSA contractor did “what he though was right for the entire world and revealing the invasive activities of the empire”. Russia urged Edward Snowden to answer to Venezuela’s offer as his window of asylum is slowly closing and Russia is quite eager to rid him of the Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow.
Currently, Edward Snowden is trapped inside the transit area of the Moscow airport that Russia considers as neutral ground. Snowden officially crosses Russian soil when he enters the customs area of the aiport.
However, even with a safe passage guaranteed by Venezuela, Snowden must cross above Europe and the United States. Last week, Bolivian President Evo Morales’ flight was refused airspace in Europe due to suspicions that Snowden was onboard the plane. The United States made it clear that they will be monitoring the skies for his presence
Russia had neither confirmed nor denied the presence of Snowden inside the airport, but they said that the transit area of the airport is neutral ground.
Even if Russia is eager to expel Snowden, they said that the young whistleblower is allowed to stay in the country for as long as it takes to get him asylum.