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Edward Snowden: A Leaker In Limbo

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Edward Snowden, the infamous NSA secrets leaker is, by his own admission, a man without a country. And his chances of finding one that will offer him asylum are decreasing. Russian President Vladamir Putin was content at first to allow the Obama Administration to boil in a stew of embarrassment resulting from Snowden's revelations and accusations that the U.S.government spied on its citizens and allies as well as its enemies. But now, even Putin has refused Snowden's request for asylum; though he says he will not prevent Snowden from leaving the Moscow airport where he is believed to be holed up.

So far the growing list of countries that seem to want nothing to do with Snowden includes China, Ireland, Ecuador, Spain, Finland, India, Poland and the Netherlands. Austria, Germany, Iceland and a number of others are said to be reviewing Snowden's request for asylum but, so far, none of these countries has given even the slightest indication that it might offer refuge to the 29 year old former NSA contractor. And with good reason. President Obama recently characterized Snowden as a low level hacker geek hardly worth his administration's attention. That's what the President is saying publicly. But behind the scenes, you can bet administration officials are using whatever tools they have to prevent other nations from rolling out the welcome mat for a man some in Congress have labeled a traitor who may have done irreparable damage to national security and international relations.

Meanwhile, Snowden is crying foul, blasting the U.S. for revoking his passport and preventing other countries from offering him asylum. He says it's unfair since he hasn't been convicted of any crime. But Snowden clearly broke the law by blabbing. And the only reason he hasn't been convicted of anything is because he refuses to step foot in the U.S. to face prosecution.

So where will Snowden end up? Right now the only country expressing outright support for him is Venezuela. Will Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose disdain for America is well documented, offer him a home? Stay tuned.

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