US Foe Cuba Wary of Snowden Entanglement

Cuba Confidential

(Agence France-Presse) Cuba has given its backing to Latin American allies who have offered asylum to fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden but is unlikely to risk antagonizing Washington by becoming more deeply embroiled in the intrigue, analysts say.

Cuban leader Raul Castro on Sunday said Havana backed the “sovereign rights” of countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua who had offered asylum to Snowden, who remains marooned in the transit area of a Moscow airport. Castro’s show of support drew a swift response from anti-secrecy website Wikileaks, who challenged the Cuban leader to go further and offer Snowden safe haven. “If Raul Castro’s solidarity on #Snowden is serious, Cuba will publicly offer Snowden asylum,” WikiLeaks said on Twitter.

It is a challenge Cuba — a key transit point from Russia to Latin America — is unlikely to respond to anytime soon, several analysts told AFP. While Cuba is a…

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