Shout out to Nicaragua and Venezuela for offering Edward Snowden Asylum...We finally have a country that believes in human rights—
Ali (@LoyaltyIsFirst) July 06, 2013
After approaching more than 20 countries, NSA leaker Edward Snowden has at last found a nation willing to grant him political asylum. The presidents of Venezuela and Nicaragua today announced that Snowden would be welcomed in their countries. Many couldn’t help but notice that Snowden, a critic of U.S. government surveillance, was apparently headed from Russia to a nation that only recently cracked down on Internet speech that “challenges legally established authorities” and “promotes unrest in the population.”
Nicaragua and Venezuela might have their own human rights challenges, but Snowden’s contact at the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald, was quick to point out that the United States isn’t perfect either. Did you know that President Obama called King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in 2010?
Others, including left-of-Left actor John Cusack, are anticipating the United States government to ramp up its “smear campaign” of Venezuela and Nicaragua to make hero Snowden appear as a sell-out willing to compromise his principles.
Thank you Nicaragua for defying the U.S. government and granting asylum to American hero Edward Snowden.—
Nikhil Goyal (@nikhilgoya_l) July 05, 2013
So fuck every idiot making snide remarks about Venezuela, Russia or China w/r/t human rights, just to snipe at Snowden.—
Nicholas Brothers (@nickLbrothers) July 06, 2013
Only time will tell how Snowden adjusts to his new life in Central America and the freedoms it affords.
Freedom from incarceration while being restricted on the Internet to only watching cat videos is probably a good deal, all things considered—
Robert MacMillan (@bobbymacReports) July 06, 2013