9 Jul 2013

Sth American nations confirm asylum requests

10:13 pm on 9 July 2013

The governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua have confirmed they've received official asylum requests from the fugitive American intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.

Mr Snowden is wanted by the United States for espionage, because he exposed a global US-run communications surveillance programme, the BBC reports.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, who has publicly offered asylum to Mr Snowden, says it is now up to him to decide when to come.

It is believed Mr Snowden has been in the transit area of a Moscow airport for the past two weeks.

Bolivia is also willing to give Mr Snowden asylum.