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.