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July 5, 2013 - 7:27 pm

As the denials for asylum requests were stacking up, NSA leaker Edward Snowden found a home thanks to the guy who took over for Hugo Chavez.

“In my capacity as Head of State and Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, I announce the brother governments of the world that we have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to US citizen Edward Snowden, to protect him from a persecution unleashed by the most powerful empire in the world (the US) against a young man who has done nothing but tell the truth,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, according to El Universal.

“Who violates international law? A young man who has decided, in an act of rebellion, to tell the truth about the US espionage on the world or a government like that of the United States, or the power of the imperialist elites that spy on the whole world?” Maduro continued.

“Who is the (major) infractor in the world? A 29-year-old man who unveils warmongering plans or the US government that drops bombs and arms the Syrian terrorist opposition against the Syrian people and the legitimate President Bashar Al Assad?”

Maduro made the announcement at a military parade to mark the 202nd anniversary of the declaration of independence of Venezuela. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a congratulatory message to Venezuela on Wednesday, noting “Venezuela and the United States have shared ties of friendship and common values since the birth of our two nations, and the ties between our people endure.”

If Venezuela doesn’t pan out, Snowden has another interesting party: Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said the leaker is welcome there “if circumstances permit.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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America ordered another country to stop and search yet a third country's version of Air Force One.

...because... Enemies of the state!!

We successfully ordered the kidnapping of another nation's president. An unprovoked act of war. At the very best, we gave all of our enemies a diplomatic victory.

If any nation on earth had done any of that to Air Force One and Obama, let alone Bush, we'd all be talking about JDAMS and nukes and sending in the Marines.

We aren't the good guys, here, kids. We aren't wearing the white hats. The politicians in D.C. are the ones we Americans have elected and we haven't bothered to replace them or charge them with any crimes, in spite of their corruption and known and proven criminal behavior. (Republicans in D.C. are guilty, as well.).

This one action by the US government has confirmed all of Snowden's accusations.
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"Who is the infractor in the world? A 29-year-old man who unveils warmongering plans or the US government that drops bombs and arms the Syrian terrorist opposition against the Syrian people and the legitimate President Bashar Al Assad?”
Oh this is so sad. Maduro just disrespected McCain's and Rubio's heroic heroes, the muslims who want to impose shariah law and kill all Christian men (and eat their hearts), women (after raping them) and children (after raping many of the little girls and some of the little boys too)
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What Snowden did was not espionage.
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It appears that the discussion keeps centering on socialist thugs, naturally seeking to parlay Snowden's actions into comeuppance towards America. This allows Obama Inc a free pass, as if they can take the high road in a matter of grave betrayal - on their end!
And while it may well turn out that Snowden is hardly pure as the driven snow (and if found guilty, by a FAIR & open trial, that he gave/sold national secrets, then he should face the full extent of the law), what matters more is what Obama Inc is hiding from - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/07/05/the-snowden-affair-nsas-outing-what-is-obama-inc-really-afraid-of-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

He can be enticed home, but the offer has to as least as sweet as the ones offered to foreign terrorists, as well as the one offered to the Chechen bomber and other captured American terrorists. Obama Inc can proceed from there, if they dare!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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we have a big problem people and it is coming to a head fairly fast. we are required to listen to a pack of scoundrels acting as though they represent the u.s. this pack of fools doesn't represent me, never has, never will. people who sell arms to mexican drug dealing mass murderers to 'pump up the numbers' of u.s. arms being used there to push his agenda doesn't deserve the respect of anyone. then they couldn't be sure they had destroyed all the emails so our most high turdling claimed executive privilege. that privilege was never meant to be a cover for aiding and abetting murderers for political gain.

now the whole handout world refuses to go against this corrupt administration for fear of what, losing those big payout$. telling the truth to power is a dangerous thing these days. i'm afraid we are shortly to be finding out what Jefferson was talking about. arrogance bespeaks the absolute power our little illegal turdlet is getting ready to try to use against the people. kypd
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Øbama only enforces the laws he likes that day, and only against his enemies.
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Greetings:

Well, as my Oyrish Granmama used to say, "Nice things happen to deserving people."
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That poor boy - I pray for him every day. This is turning into a real-life re-enactment of 'Casablanca', with Vice President Strasser hunting him down and making sure that there's no exit visa for Snowden. Venezuela's not much of a refuge, but beggars can't be choosers. America must be very proud of its indefatigable agents. Pity they aren't as energetic when it comes to crushing Muslim murderers.
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America ordered another country to stop and search yet a third country's version of Air Force One.

...because... Enemies of the state!!

We successfully ordered the kidnapping of another nation's president. An unprovoked act of war. At the very best, we gave all of our enemies a diplomatic victory.

If any nation on earth had done any of that to Air Force One and Obama, let alone Bush, we'd all be talking about JDAMS and nukes and sending in the Marines.

We aren't the good guys, here, kids. We aren't wearing the white hats. The politicians in D.C. are the ones we Americans have elected and we haven't bothered to replace them or charge them with any crimes, in spite of their corruption and known and proven criminal behavior. (Republicans in D.C. are guilty, as well.).

This one action by the US government has confirmed all of Snowden's accusations.
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Knowing what I do of Venezuela's managerial negligence in destroying a once beautiful country, this might be considered cruel and unusually punishment...
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The spying affair and this godless, ruthless manhunt for Snowden certainly haven´t improved the Obamaregimes standing over here. It´s an incredible situation. Here we grant asylum to just anyone without proper checking and then this young man, who needs it more than most people on the globe, is denied it in fear of US bullying. We see clear what all the nice words about humanity and human rights are worth. Our leaders are simply cowards. I understand that the White House wants the discussion to be about Snowden ( they haven´t really succeded to smear him yet ) and about the leaders and countries that offer protection but we still see that big elephant in the room: the global spying and the ruthlessness against a human being. What was it Barry was rewarded now again.... oh, the Peace Prize ??!
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I must say I agree with AdinaF. I would add that I think she is spot on using the term basket cases. I would make it more elaborate by calling them the 'basket cases of the Marxist rump'. I would imagine that Iran and the Norks would have him too if here fool enough to go to those particularly accursed precincts of the nether regions. I also think that despite Obama being a post colonialist he has failed to impress either the Muslim Brotherhood or the Marxist rump with his credentials - they hate him as El Jeffe of the hegemonic power just as much as they hated Bush - who at least looked the part. As a long time expatriate I can assure my fellow BCers that the international left hates Americans just as reliably as they hate Jews - even progressive apologetic ones like Obama. It is a sublime irony that Snowdon, in his own eyes a hero of the left, and disappointed Obama voter, can only find asylum among the worst of those countries bitterly clinging to the tattered remnants of the Marxist weltanschauung.
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