President Daniel Ortega tonight said his government, given the correct circumstances, would provide asylum to U.S. whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden, who is allegedly still holed up in the Moscow Airport.
Speaking at a political rally in Managua in celebration of the 34th anniversary of the Repliegue Táctico, Ortega confirmed that Snowden has officially requested asylum in a letter sent to the Nicaraguan Ambassador in Moscow.
“You know our position: Nicaragua is an open country that respects the right to asylum,” Ortega said. “Certainly if circumstances permit, we would—with pleasure—receive Snowden and give him asylum in Nicaragua.”
Ortega did not elaborate on what the circumstances would have to be for that to happen.
Shortly after Ortega made his announcement, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced that his government would also grant asylum to Snowden.