July 2nd, 2013
02:51 PM ET

Snowden's asylum options dwindle

By Michael Pearson, Matt Smith and Jethro Mullen

Edward Snowden's hopes of finding asylum from U.S. prosecution on espionage charges appeared to dim Tuesday as country after country denied his request or said he would have to find a way to travel to their territory to apply.

While Bolivia and Venezuela seemed supportive, 11 of the 21 countries he's applied to, including Ecuador and Iceland, have said they can't consider his request until he shows up at one of their embassies or on their borders. Three have denied the request outright - Brazil, India and Poland.

Snowden had already withdrawn his asylum request with Russian authorities after President Vladimir Putin said he would have to "stop his work aimed at harming our American partners" if he wanted to stay in the country.

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  1. Perk

    Will Obama evaluate the WPEA as it relates to Snowden ? S.743.....? If he comes home will Obama be willing to evaluate as well the State Department ?

    July 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  2. Alex279

    Curious to see what will happen if Abkhazia or South Osetia offer him refuge.

    July 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • MIB

      Hahahahahaha your a trip!

      July 4, 2013 at 5:03 am | Reply
  3. PaulC

    I'm sure that the countries he solicited fear that he might target their secrets for exposure.
    Seriously, I think that Russia is a perfect fit for him. He could be a top level adviser to the FSB.

    July 3, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • Alex279

      Russia is not the country he wants to go, obviously.

      Besides, even if you imagine that FSB leaves him alone - currently Putin and FSB maintain that Snowden has no value for them as an informant, but are they sincere? - western journalists and pundits will instantly destroy his credibility of a person who just wants to stand up for human privacy and dignity. He understand it well enough.

      July 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  4. 4theGood

    Theres lots of speculation that countries don't want Snowden because of the USA; but another factor is the media attention that he generates, and it probably wouldn't be long before he started nit-picking their governments as well.
    Send him home.

    July 3, 2013 at 7:39 am | Reply
  5. California

    One could see him as holding this administration to its promise of being a transparent administration.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  6. lewtronix

    How long can Snowman survive on a 128kbps WIFI pipe and pre paid phone cards? His BP must be 179/109 with a heart rate of 107 right about now.

    July 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Reply
    • Alex279

      Sheremetevo has free wi-fi connection. Not wery great, but fast enough to wikileak everythig he wants. So this problem is his least concern.

      Overall, as other options disappear, his default choice is to stay in Russia and keep his mouth shut as Putin told him to do. Obviously this is not his best preference, but better than to go to US and face trial by a panel of secret judges given the nature of the case. ...unless he wants to embarrass Putin by comitting suicide in Sheremetevo tranzit zone.

      Meanwhile Russian liberals and human rights advocates are in delicate position right now: on one hand they should support Snowden and freedom of speech, while criticizing Putin for his dual-faced standing in this case. On the other hand liberals know that not condemning Snowden as traitor of democracy exposes them to risk of loosing support (to say it politely) of the United States. What a headache....

      July 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  7. MIB

    I like how Mr. Putin says you can stay but you cant play with your toys. That's all he has and the value will dwindle.

    July 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  8. BILL, WI

    J. P. Assange could provide a cargo ship for Bradley Manning and Snowden to live aboard upon which they can travel the pacific from north to south and then south to north. During their freetime they can play cannasta, monopoly and checkers. and after 20 years or whenever they become bored, they could play checkers, cannasta and monopoly. All the while watching the Shirley Temple movie "Good Ship Lollipop". Nothing but the best for traitors.

    July 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • PaulC

      They could spend their time reporting on the crews secrets.

      July 3, 2013 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • MIB

      Hey! I almost like that movie

      July 4, 2013 at 6:05 am | Reply

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