According to reports, contractor-on-the-run Edward Snowden is still in Moscow’s airport. Here’s where he has requested asylum.
Wikileaks revealed a list of countries that contractor-on-the-run Edward Snowden had applied to for asylum late Monday, according to a post on the anti-secrecy organization’s website.
According to Wikileaks, the applications for asylum were submitted on behalf of Snowden by the organization’s legal counsel. Snowden’s current location cannot be confirmed, but it is widely believed he is staying in the Novotel in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. People in the transit zone of the airport do not pass through Russia’s passport control, thus are technically still outside the country.
The list of countries include some controversial ones: China, Venezuela and Cuba. While Snowden could serve as an intelligence goldmine for China, the current government is unlikely to approve his request as it is looking to improve relations with the United States.
Here are the countries:
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.
Initial reports stated Ecuador was planning on giving Snowden asylum, but these have been denied by the country’s president Rafael Correa. Correa also said that providing Snowden with documents to ensure his safe travel to Russia was a mistake, and the diplomat in charge of furnishing said materials has been punished.