NSA leak fallout: LIVE UPDATES

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Published time: June 10, 2013 15:49 
Edited time: July 07, 2013 09:40

 
The logo of the National Security Agency (NSA) (AFP Photo)

The logo of the National Security Agency (NSA) (AFP Photo)

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden has carried out one of the biggest leaks in US history, exposing a top-secret NSA surveillance program to the media. Leading tech companies were revealed to be involved in intelligence gathering through PRISM spy tool.

​09:16 GMT: Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega says his country would provide political asylum for Edward Snowden “if circumstances permit”.

03:43 GMT:Rallies in support of Edward Snowden have taken place across Australia as activists demanded more privacy protection from government and freedom for the former NSA analyst. Demonstrations took place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and attracted hundreds of supporters. The protesters blame media outlets and politicians for attacking Snowden, instead of focusing on protecting internet users’ right to privacy.

01:30 GMT: Venezuela says it has not had a reply from the NSA leaker, Edward Snowden after the country’s President Nicolas Maduro offered him asylum on Friday. “We are waiting until Monday to know whether he ratifies his wish to take asylum in Venezuela,” Foreign Minster Elias Jaua told state television as “there has not been any type of communication” from Snowden who is now stuck in Moscow after US revoked his passport. 

Sunday, July 7

15:30 GMT: Bolivian President Evo Morales said that he would grant Snowden asylum if he made the request, Reuters reported. The offer was posed shortly after two other leftist Latin American leaders said that they would be prepared to accommodate the former NSA-contractor. 

While attending an energy conference in Russia earlier this week, Morales told RT that he would consider granting asylum to Snowden if the request was made.

“If there were a request, of course we would be willing to debate and consider the idea,” said Morales, speaking to RT Spanish, while stating that Snowden had not requested political asylum from his country at that point.

12:45 GMT: US has issued Snowden’s extradition request to Venezuela, demanding that the whistleblower be “arrested” if he “travels to” or “transits through” Venezuela and “be kept in custody” for“the purpose of extradition”.  

00:11 GMT:  Venezuela’s president Maduro says he has decided to offer asylum to US NSA- leaker Edward Snowden, Reuters reports.

“I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young American, Edward Snowden, so that in the fatherland of (Simon) Bolivar and (Hugo) Chavez, he can come and live away from the imperial North American persecution,” Maduro told a televised parade marking Venezuela’s independence day.

Saturday, July 6 

23:34 GMT: Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega said on Friday that he had received an asylum request from US NSA-leaker Edward Snowden and could accept the bid “if circumstances permit.” 

“We are open, respectful of the right to asylum, and it is clear that if circumstances permit it, we would receive Snowden with pleasure and give him asylum here in Nicaragua,” Ortega said at a public event. 

16:27 GMT: Edward Snowden has applied to another six states for political asylum, WikiLeaks reported. In an effort to avoid US interference, the six nations were not disclosed.

15:12 GMT: UK and Sweden have vetoed the discussion of traditional spying by the US on EU members during upcoming talks in Washington. Originally the EU envisaged two working groups – reports the Guardian – one discussing NSA and PRISM, and the other more traditional methods of espionage, but the two objectors said the EU had no authority to discuss matters of national security, particularly since policies differ widely among various member states. “Intelligence matters and those of national security are not the competence of the EU,” summed up José Manuel Barroso, the European commission president. 

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