Edward Snowden may have accepted an offer of political asylum from Venezuela, if a Russian Official’s Twitter is anything to go by.
The first tweet, which has caused much confusion across the Globe, stated “Snowden has given his agreement to (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro’s offer of political asylum.” However, quickly after the statement appeared on the social networking site, it was removed. The second tweet was even more confusing, as it read “I got the information from the 18pm news bulletin from Vesti 24. All questions to them.” Another tweet, shortly after the previous two, appeared on Pushkov’s account: “As Vesti 24 reported sourcing Maduro, Snowden has accepted his asylum offer. If that is so, he’s chosen that option as most reliable.”
To add further fuel to the fire of bewilderment, Vesti 24 had only been reporting that Venezuela had received an asylum request from Snowden, information that has been available for at least 24 hours. So why was the first tweet deleted? Perhaps the fact that the only direct commercial flight from Moscow to Venezuela would have to stop in Cuba (passing over Europe and the U.S) has something to do with it.
The Snowden saga is one that’s filled the mainstream media’s headlines. From Ecuador cancelling their trade pact with the US to Snowden’s whereabouts, it’s all anybody has been talking about recently. Many would argue that this is all a diversionary tactic, to distract people from what’s really going on in Syria… the beginning of World War 3. After all, “When the mainstream media shows you something with their right hand, watch what the left hand is doing.”