Venezuela possibly Snowden's last opportunity - Duma deputy

Venezuela's decision to offer asylum to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden would be the best outcome and last chance for him, says Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian State Duma international affairs committee.

Venezuela's decision to offer asylum to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden would be the best outcome and last chance for him, says Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian State Duma international affairs committee.

"Venezuela is waiting for Snowden's answer. This is possibly his last chance to get political asylum. Otherwise he his only remaining option will be to marry Anna Chapman," he twitted on Sunday.

It was reported earlier that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered asylum to Snowden.

Maduro's offer followed the announcement of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega that Nicaragua could offer asylum to Snowden.

Wikileaks reported Friday evening that Snowden requested political asylum in six more countries. It did not specify the countries for fear of U.S. interference.

Snowden fled to Hong Kong in May after which he exposed the secret operations of U.S. special services.

Presently he is in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport which he cannot leave because his American passport has been cancelled.

He has requested several counties to offer him asylum. The United States insists on his extradition.

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