Whistle­blower’s whis­tle-stop global tour

– HE ASKS 21 COUN­TRIES FOR ASY­LUM

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SE­CRETS whistle­blower Ed­ward Snow­den’s has ap­plied for asy­lum in 21 coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to se­crets-spilling web­site Wik­ileaks.

But his best chance may hinge on Venezuela, whose pres­i­dent is in Moscow meet­ing Vladimir Putin.

Ni­co­las Maduro said his coun­try has not re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion for asy­lum from Mr Snow­den yet and dodged the ques­tion of whether he would take him back with him.

But he did de­fend the for­mer National Se­cu­rity Agency con­trac­tor who re­leased doc­u­ments on U.S. in­tel­li­gence-gath­er­ing op­er­a­tions, say­ing: “What he did was tell a great truth in an ef­fort to pre­vent wars.”

Mr Snow­den with­drew his bid for asy­lum in Rus­sia when he learned the terms Moscow had set out in­cluded him not leak­ing more se­crets.

Other coun­tries Mr Snow­den (right), 30, is look­ing at in­clude Bo­livia, China, Cuba and Ecuador.

The Yanks want to tear him a new a***hole.

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