Its not because of the harsh Russian winters or because he hates potato soup, but Edward Snowden has announced doesn’t want to stay in Russia anymore.
“Snowden did voice a
request to remain in Russia,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said
Tuesday, according to the Russian news agency Ria Novosti. “Then,
yesterday, hearing President Putin outline Russia’s position regarding
the conditions under which he could do this, he withdrew his request for
permission to stay in Russia.”
Putin’s condition was that he stop releasing American secrets. But yesterday in a letter to the President of Ecuador, Snowden indicated there were more leaks coming.
According to a statement by Wikileaks the NSA leaker has applied for asylum from; Republic
of Austria, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the Federative Republic
of Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Cuba, the
Republic of Finland, the French Republic, the Federal Republic of
Germany, the Republic of India, the Italian Republic, the Republic of
Ireland, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Nicaragua, the
Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Poland, the Russian Federation, the
Kingdom of Spain, the Swiss Confederation and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who is visiting Moscow, said Tuesday that Snowden had “done something very important for humanity” and deserved the “world’s protection.” But Maduro said that Venezuela had not received a request from Snowden for asylum. India has turned down Snowden’s request for political asylum on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Poland said it grants asylum if the country’s interests are at stake.
“This particular premise would not be met,” the foreign ministry said about Snowden’s case.
Snowden had already
sought asylum in Iceland and in Ecuador, which had said it was
considering the request. But recent comments from the Ecuadorian
president suggest the South American country’s support for Snowden’s
flight across the globe may be waning.
Thus is the fate of people like Snowden, most applaud him for tweaking the nose of the United States (especially since his latest revelations were all about embarrassing the US), on the other hand most do not want to touch him with a ten-foot-pole.
Where ever he goes, whether he is sent back to the US or granted asylum he will always be a man without a country.