Extradite terrorists not Snowden, says Venezuela’s Maduro

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The U.S. has no moral authority to seek the extradition of Edward Snowden while it ignores the long-standing demand of Venezuela for the extradition of convicted terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, said Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Thursday in a telecast carried by Telesur TV.

Maduro repeated Venezuela's demand for Posada Carriles' extradition to Venezuela. Posada Carriles escaped from prison in Venezuela while awaiting trial for masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cuba-bound flight from Caracas. That terrorist act left 73 dead.

Maduro said that Snowden's actions were intended only to report on certain ills afflicting the world today, and called on the international community to protect Snowden's life and liberty.

Maduro stated that Washington has no moral standing whatsoever to seek the extradition of Snowden while it harbors and gives cover to confessed terrorists like Posada Carriles who did so much harm to the people of Venezuela and Latin America. The U.S. government should set an example and stop protecting terrorists operating on its behalf rather than threatening and attacking other states, other peoples and leaders from around the world, he added.

Venezuela and Nicaragua have both offered asylum to Snowden, who has been charged by the U.S.  government with espionage and theft of government secrets.

Maduro spoke on his arrival in Venezuela in the early morning hours of Thursday after a visit to Russia and Belarus which included the signing of new bilateral agreements with those two countries.

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  • As a person who likes to know stuff I would like for Snowden to throw his files out on the internet so the people can decide if our Government is abusing our rights. I trust the folks on the Net more than the politicians.

    Posted by RiverRat2U, 07/11/2013 12:18pm (1 year ago)

  • This is an opportune moment for statesmanship by the Obama administration. The common element in the case of Edward Snowden and Venezuela's demand for extradition of an international terrorist like Posada Carriles seems to be social justice. As a face saving device, the US government could trade Posada to Venezuela for Snowden like a major league baseball deal and calm international furor over the incident with Evo Morales 14 hour sequestration in Vienna. It would be a shame not to swing when such an opportunity presents itself.

    Posted by Richard Grassl, 07/09/2013 10:57am (1 year ago)

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