Venezuela responds to U.S. pressures received on Snowden asylum

U.S. cannot afford to acknowledge that Mr Edward Snowden, as in the case of Mr Julian Assange or Priv. Bradley Manning, are to the highest degree ethically-minded individuals in pursuing disclosures about central, aggravating deeds, committed against the people. They have been engaged in a social information enterprise solely directed at exposing what is criminal from the part of those in power, which is a fact that those in power try to conceal at any price.

By Marcello Ferrada-Noli

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua:

“The Government of the United States, and the Department of State, should know that we have learned, since long time ago; and that we have defeated pressures from anywhere in the world.”

“We are going to act, as stated by President Nicolas Maduro, according to international law, and according to our principles. Venezuela has a tradition of providing refuge, shelter to the political persecuted.”

“We just cannot leave alone a young man that dared to mark an ethical and moral position regarding an absolutely shameful fact, which is, that one country controls the whole world”

In order to stop further exposures by Mr Edward Snowden, principally on the extension that the US agencies spy on the whereabouts and lives of ordinary U.S. citizens, and also of those abroad, the Obama administration “needs” to criminalize Snowden ethical behaviour.

U.S. cannot acknowledge that Edward Snowden, as in the case of Julian Assange or Brad Manning, are to the highest degree ethically-minded individuals in pursuing disclosures about central, aggravating deeds, committed against the people. That they have been engaged in a social information enterprise solely directed at expose what is criminal from the part of those in power, is a fact that those in power try concealing at any price.

That is the reason why whistle-blowers are called instead “spies”, and their ethical behaviour is criminalized by the magic of that label. Then, the distance from “spies” to “traitors” is just the one from a finger to the Enter-key in a sold journalist’s laptop.

The powerful empire of ancient times – the Catholic Church administrated by corrupted popes – had exactly such behaviour against those exposing the nature of their deceiving. Scientists, particularly in the profession of medicine (for instance those who denounced the pogrom of Jews that the popes ordered “to eradicate cholera-pests”), were labelled as heretic, or demons serving Satan. And executed as traitors and witches.

The Venezuela government has offered asylum to Mr Snowdon, as other Latin-American countries such as Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, etc. have done it.

Under the pretext they are persecuting a criminal, a traitor of the national interests of the U.S., the Obama administration has exercised recently blunt threats and pressures against the government of Venezuela.

This is what Venezuelan Foreign Minister replied to such pressures [Professors blogg‘s translation to English below the Spanish text]:

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En primer lugar nosotros sabemos que hay muchas presiones, el mundo, no? Nosotros hemos recibido dos notas del gobierno de los Estados Unidos, algunas llamadas de funcionarios del departamento de Estado.

EL Departamento de Estado y el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos, deben saber que desde hace mucho tiempo nosotros aprendimos, y derrotamos las presiones de cualquier parte del mundo.

Nosotros vamos a actuar, como lo ha dicho el presidente Nicolás Maduro, de acuerdo a la legalidad internacional, y de acuerdo a nuestros principios.

Venezuela tiene una tradición de refugio, de cobijo, a los perseguidos políticos.

First, we know that there are many (such) pressures, in the world, no? We have received two notes of the government of the United States, (and) some calls from officials at the State Department.

The Government of the United States, and the Department of State, should know that we have learned, since long time ago, and we have defeated pressures from anywhere in the world.

We are going to act, as stated by President Nicolas Maduro, according to international law, and according to our principles. Venezuela has a tradition of providing refuge, shelter, to the political persecuted.

In another, extended edition of the same interview, Minister Eias Jaua declared:

“We just cannot leave alone a young man that dared to mark an ethical and moral stance regarding an absolutely shameful fact, which is, that one country controls the whole world” [No podemos dejar solo a un joven que se atrevió a fijar una posición ética y moral frente a un hecho que es absolutamente bochornoso, y que es que un gobierno controle a todo el mundo]

One thought on “Venezuela responds to U.S. pressures received on Snowden asylum

  1. Thank you Venezuela, for standing up against US state oppression and also for standing up for the basic human rights. Political persecution is “trendy” these days all over the world and used in concert with treason or terrorism creates an authoritarian molotov coctail that is dangerous. I would say even more dangerous than the possible outcome of a peoples reaction.to this state oppression This has to be and probably will be contained some way or another but it will take time. Venezuela, Ecuador and more or less the whole South America; I see you are a crucial component of the cure that could destroy this plague of overreach by government.

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