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Edward Snowden accepts political asylum in Venezuela—maybe

  • announcement Alexei Pushkov, chair of an international affairs committee in the Russian legislature, tweeted today that "Predictably, Snowden has agreed to [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro’s offer of political asylum. Apparently, this option appeared most reliable to Snowden.”
  • retraction The tweet was deleted moments later, but Russia Today grabbed a copy. Pushkov then sent another tweet, saying that the information regarding Maduro’s asylum offer came from a Russian TV station and referring inquiries to said station. source

Maduro did confirm earlier that Venezeula hadreceived an asylum request from Snowden on Monday; considering Maduro previously pledged to offer Snowden asylum anyway, it’s not too tough to put two and two together. The tweet-then-delete by the Russian MP is odd, but we’re guessing Maduro (or someone) will make an official announcement soon enough.

July 9, 2013 // 11:25 // 1 year ago
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