President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua said today they were willing to grant asylum to US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Former National Security Agency employee Mr Snowden has asked for asylum in several countries, including Nicaragua and Venezuela. Mr Ortega said the Nicaraguan embassy in Moscow received Mr Snowden's application for asylum and that it was studying the request.
We have the sovereign right to help a person who felt remorse after finding out how the United States was using technology to spy on the whole world, and especially its European allies.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he has decided to offer asylum to US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden to "live away from imperial North American persecution".
Maduro told a televised parade marking Venezuela's independence day:
I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young American, Edward Snowden, so that in the fatherland of (Simon) Bolivar and (Hugo) Chavez, he can come and live away from the imperial North American persecution.
Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro said he has decided to offer asylum to US intelligence agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to Reuters.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said he has received an asylum request from US intelligence agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, adding that he would grant it if circumstances permit, according to Reuters.
France has rejected Edward Snowden's request for asylum according to news agency AFP.
A group of South American nations will hold an emergency summit today to discuss the "virtual kidnapping" of Bolivian President Evo Morales, whose plane was diverted in Europe.
The meeting will be held in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, the 12-nation UNASUR bloc said in a statement.
So far, the presidents of Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay and Suriname have confirmed their attendance.
US President Barack Obama has spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the phone about recent allegations of US spying, the White House said.
Mr Obama was reported as saying that he takes the European concerns about the extent of its surveillance very seriously.
The leaders reiterated their strong support for trade negotiations and agreed to hold a high-level meeting of US and German security officials in the coming days to discuss the matter.
Heads of state in the South American bloc UNASUR have condemned the diversion of Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane after several European countries refused airspace access.
In a statement from Peru's government, which holds the rotating presidency of the group, the leaders expressed their outrage and demanded an explanation for "unfriendly and unjustifiable acts."
Bolivian authorities said France, Italy, Spain and Portugal had denied access to their airspace because of unfounded speculation that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was on board.
A plane carrying Bolivia's President Evo Morales landed at an airport in Spain's Canary Islands airport at 14:30GMT, Reuters reports, citing an airport source.
Spain has opened its airspace to let Bolivia's president Morales fly home, the AFP reports. It was given the go-ahead after the plane was searched by authorities in Austria and Edward Snowden was not found on board.
Meanwhile Ecuador have accused international authorities of causing "tremendous offence" for stopping the presidential aircraft. Foreign minister Ricardo Patino said:
"This appears to be a huge offence against President Evo Morales. I know, we have had direct information from them, that they denied permission for them to fly over the air space of some European countries, this seems to me a tremendous offence."