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BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Sends Ireland Arrest Warrant For Snowden As Venezuela Offers Asylum

People hold portraits of former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden (left) and US Army Private  Bradley Manning, a suspected whistleblower who is on trial in the US for “aiding the enemy”,  during a protest in front the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

The United States has sent the Irish government an arrest warrant for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, according to a report in the Irish Times.

“The warrant has been issued as a pre-emptive strike against any effort by Mr Snowden to evade the US authorities by flying from Moscow to Havana on a commercial flight that stops off at Shannon for refuelling,” the paper reported.

Snowden was last known to be in the transit area of the Moscow airport. He reportedly purchased a ticket on a flight from Moscow to Havana last month but was not seen on that plane.

The warrant has been issued as a pre-emptive strike against any effort by Mr Snowden to evade the US authorities by flying fromMoscow to Havana on a commercial flight that stops off at Shannon for refuelling.

The warrant would enable the Garda to arrest Mr Snowden under the Extradition Act 1965.

He could be brought before a District Court where a judge could detain him in custody for up to 18 days during which time the Americans could execute a full extradition process to bring him back to America to stand trial.

Meanwhile, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has offered asylum to U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, the state-run AVN news agency reported Friday, without offering details.

The report came shortly after Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said he would grant Snowden asylum in his country “if the circumstances permit.” Ortega didn’t elaborate on his announcement, made during a speech in Managua, except to say his country is “open and respectful to the right of asylum.”

“It’s clear that that if the circumstances permit it we will gladly receive Snowden and will grant him asylum here in Nicaragua,” Ortega said.

Snowden, as of yet, has not indicated what his plans are, and it is likely that the world will be the last to know.

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  1. john says:

    This might not be the best news for the ‘Let Snowdon stay in an EU state’ campaign. There should be one, after all, he blew on surveillance of EU business………..good old fed. Same ol’ legal privateers…..

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