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Russian Пушкова: Snowden possibly heading to Venezuela per tweet

A Russian lawmaker tweeted, then deleted, that Edward Snowden accepted Venezuela's asylum offer, per media reports.
A Russian lawmaker tweeted, then deleted, that Edward Snowden accepted Venezuela's asylum offer, per media reports.
Carla Miles

Edward Snowden, former U.S. spy agency contractor currently believed to be living as a man without a country in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, may be heading to Venezuela soon, according to multiple media sources citing a tweet from a Russian lawmaker.

Media reports from Haaretz, the Independent and Reuters are stating that Alexei Pushkov, the government's chief for the Duma (the pro-Kremlin chairman of the international affairs committee in Russia's lower parliament house), had posted the following message to his Twitter account, then deleted it only minutes later:

"Snowden has given his agreement to (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro's offer of political asylum."

Pushkov then returned to Twitter, minutes later, and said that the information posted stating Snowden accepted the offer had originated from Russian news site Vesti 24, adding:

"... all questions to them" at the end of the tweet.

From the Vesti24 website appears one headline:

"Сноуден и Венесуэла: противоречия в Twitter Пушкова" which seems to be highlighting the quandry about Snowden on Twitter. Translation, according to Microsoft translation services means, in english is said to be:

"Snowden and Venezuela: controversies in Twitter Pushkova"

Having flown from Hong Kong to Moscow last month, Snowden's travel documents were immediately canceled by the United States who keep asking for his extradition. He has been stuck in Moscow since June 23, with the eyes of many in the world on his dilemma and who remain concerned about the privacy vs. security discussion his actions have triggered.

From a recent story in the Examiner it was also reported that a jet carrying the Bolivian President Evo Morales from Moscow had been rerouted to Austria, because of a suspicion that Snowden was on board. A story at the website for globalresearch, however, deciphers some of the mystery of what happened there. They cite the Austrian daily newspaper, Die Presse, and report some behind the scenes in the drama. From July 3 they say that Die Presse reported shortly after Morales’ plane landed that the "Vienna foreign department received a phone call" and the call was from the United States ambassador to Austria, William Eacho.

According to Die Presse, Ambassador Eacho "claimed with great certainty that Edward Snowden was onboard," and referenced a "diplomatic note requesting Snowden’s extradition."

From another globalresearch story, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said that the country would offer Snowden “humanitarian asylum,” and the leaders of Nicaragua and Bolivia also state that Snowden could receive asylum in those countries as well.

Maduro also is quoted in that article as being "personally informed" by a European minister that:

“... it was the CIA that gave the order to the air traffic authorities, which gave the alert that Snowden was going in the plane.”


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