Tuesday, July 02, 2013

List of countries where Snowden applied for asylum

Last night, before this list came out, I was working on a list of countries he might have applied to. I came up with around nine. But here is the official list.

  • Austria
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • China 
  • Cuba
  • Ecuador
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Russia (application withdrawn)
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Venezuela
I don't know what kind of crazy pressure the U.S. is putting on Ecuador, but it seems to be working. I'm going to guess he's going to end up in Nicaragua.

Update 1: Austria, Finland, India, Ireland, Norway, Poland, and Spain have said "no".

Update 2: Brazil said "no".


Ripituc said...

I don't think Snowden has done anything nearly as terrible as to be a pariah forever. I was thinking Obama could have pardoned him in some way, but sadly Snowden keeps releasing information, making that even more impossible.

Maxichamp said...

@Ripituc: I think Obama is telling countries we are not friendly with (Venezuela, Nicaragua, etc.) to delay any decision for 30-45 days. They don't have to say yes or no on the application, just wait. This will put pressure on Snowden because living at the airport cannot be fun.

Ripituc said...

@Maxichamp I don't think any pressure would be strong enough to make Snowden give himself up to the US. Prison for life? Death for treason? What are his chances if he faces US justice?

midelectric said...

I wonder if he should have stayed in the US and stand proud for his actions. Supporters, and I hazard to guess it's a majority of the US population, could support him better. But, he might have been thinking of how that associate of the Boston marathon bomber was summarily executed by FBI agents in his apartment and figured this place is too far gone. Now he's sentenced himself to eating Sbarro at Moscow International for the foreseeable future.

John L said...

Poor bastard!