Nicaragua, Venezuela offer asylum to Snowden

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Two South American countries say they're willing to roll out the welcome mat for NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is stuck without a valid U.S. passport at an airport in Moscow.

The offers came in speeches by two leftist leaders. Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua said they would be willing to grant Snowden asylum. He's wanted in the U.S. for disclosing classified surveillance programs.

Snowden is believed to be stuck in a Moscow airport transit area.

The offers from the presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela came a day after leftist South American leaders gathered to denounce the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane over Europe amid reports that the American was aboard.

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