Several countries set to meet on Snowden case

Several countries set to meet on Snowden case
Sat Jun 29, 2013 19:01:57

Diplomats from Russia, Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador will meet on Monday to discuss the situation of the ex CIA employee responsible for unveiling NSA spying programs, El Comercio has reported.

The diplomats are supposed to have a roundtable discussion with human rights activists in Russian headquarters of the Public Chamber of Russia, in order to give “a social value to the situation.”

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has fled Hong Kong on Sunday and landed in Moscow where he has remained ever since.

According to reports, he had booked a flight out to Havana, Cuba this past Monday, but he never showed up. From Cuba, he was supposed to fly to Venezuela and eventually to Ecuador.

Snowden has officially requested political asylum in Ecuador, but Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan president also mentioned that if Snowden made such a petition in his country, they’d “almost certainly” accept.

Washington has recently threatened Ecuador and warned the state against granting asylum to the US whistleblower.

The US officials said any green light to Snowden would damage trade and economic ties between the two states.

However Ecuador’s officials announced that they would not bow down to such threats and waived their trade benefits.

They also offered to pay for some human rights training in the United States.

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