RT: Kerry vows to put the screws to Venezuela over Snowden – report

Published time: July 19, 2013 14:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry (AFP Photo / Karen Bleier)US Secretary of State John Kerry (AFP Photo / Karen Bleier)

US Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly promised his Venezuelan counterpart to close NATO airspace to the country’s flights and stop crucial oil product deliveries if Caracas grants asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Last Friday night, just hours after Venezuela agreed to provide political asylum to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Kerry personally called Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua, a Spanish ABC media outlet cites a source familiar with the conversation as saying.

Kerry threatened to ground any Venezuelan aircraft in America’s or any NATO country’s airspace if there is the slightest suspicion that Snowden is using the flight to get to Caracas.

The US’ top diplomat sent a clear signal that Venezuela’s Air Force One is not immune and President Nicolas Maduro could easily face the same fate as his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales, whose plane was grounded for inspection in Austria earlier this month in violation of all international diplomatic agreements.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua before a private meeting in Antigua Guatemala, 50 km southwest of Guatemala City on June 5, 2013. (AFP Photo / Johan Ordonez)US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua before a private meeting in Antigua Guatemala, 50 km southwest of Guatemala City on June 5, 2013. (AFP Photo / Johan Ordonez)

“Immunity is for the president, not the plane,” the ABC source cites Kerry’s personal message to President Maduro as saying.

Closing all NATO member countries’ aerospace to Venezuelan flights means avoiding 26 countries in Europe and two in North America. Under this scenario, it would be safer for Snowden to fly across the Pacific from Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok instead of crossing the Atlantic.

Kerry also promised to intensify the ongoing process of revoking US entry visas to Venezuelan officials and businessmen associated with the deceased President Hugo Chavez.

Washington will also begin prosecuting prominent Venezuelan politicians on allegations of drug trafficking, money laundering and other criminal actions, Kerry reportedly said, and specifically mentioned some names in his conversation with the Venezuelan FM.

He further said that Washington is well aware of Venezuela’s dependence on the US when it comes to refined oil products. Despite being one of the world’s largest oil producers, Venezuela requires more petrol and oil products than it can produce, buying around 500,000 barrels of gasoline every month, roughly another half million barrels of fuel for power plants, and some 350,000 barrels of MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) – the  additive used for to increase octane in gasoline.

The US Secretary of State bluntly warned that fuel supplies would be halted if President Maduro continues to reach out to the fugitive NSA contractor.

Neither the US State Department nor the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry have so far commented on ABC’s report.

On July 19 President Maduro sharply criticized a statement by the Obama administration’s nominee for UN envoy, Samantha Powers, who accused countries like Cuba, Iran, Russia and Venezuela of being guilty of a “crackdown on civil society”. Maduro called on Washington to retract the “despicable” statement.

“I want an immediate correction by the US government,” Maduro said live on state television, as quoted by Reuters.

“Power says she’ll fight repression in Venezuela? What repression? There is repression in the United States, where they kill African-Americans with impunity, and where they hunt the youngster Edward Snowden just for telling the truth,”Maduro fumed.

Former CIA technician and NSA contractor Snowden remains a fugitive without a passport, as he has remained stuck in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport for nearly a month. Snowden requested temporary asylum from Russia and has not officially accepted Maduro’s asylum offer, WikiLeaks says.

If extradited to the US, where Showden is wanted on espionage charges, he fears he could face inhumane treatment and even the death penalty for leaking details of the National Security Agency’s dragnet surveillance programs.

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10 Responses to RT: Kerry vows to put the screws to Venezuela over Snowden – report

  1. gear13 says:

    What happens to the support from BRICS nations when are we going to stand against these skull and bones oligarchy. Its time to defeat imperialism for the benefit of humanity.

  2. Mr. John Kerry…..a Skull and Bones member (in company with George W. Bush) wants to step on Venezuela? Sounds like a Cabal tactic to me.

  3. tony lane says:

    what happens when the rest of the world puts the screws on the USA and imposes trade SANCTIONS and also stops all US planes from landing in their country.

    • Nancy says:

      Now you are talking….. and that day is not far off.
      Kerry is “threatening” to stop sending refined fuel to Venezuela. when Venezuela OWNS the 8 refineries that are not glued together with chewing gum and bailing wire because of the EPA preventing the construction of any NEW refineries for the past 30 years, here in the benighted Untied States (typo intentional)…..
      …….. and Venezuela OWNS the oil that is being shipped into the US… that is being refined at those refineries.
      So, Mr. Kerry… what happens IF Venezuela shuts down operations at those refineries?… We assume that they will be taken over by somebody’s buddy in Exon or Mobile …. but what about the oil that Venezuela was shipping in to refine in those refineries?….
      How much are you going to have to PAY for that replacement crude?…
      Methinks that the US sabre rattling has over-extended itself.
      You Supidos were all snoozing while President Hugo Chavez, (who you made much sport of as a “stupid posturing Indian” in a uniform)….. went to China, Russia, Iran, Korea… and the other South/Central American nations and set up mutually beneficial economic trade arrangements..(not to mention a goodly supply of Sunburn missles),…. and birthed Banko del Sur…
      ……. which will in time morph into THE central bank, that will provide part of the burgeoning productive new world the alternative to the City of London… IMF/World Bank/NON-federal Federal Reserve bank…..
      Kiss the empire bye bye……….. and the cabal of Kerrys and fraudulent OWO Kenyans along with it. ‘
      The SHIFT IS here.

  4. tony lane says:

    when are we going stand up to these gutless little turds like this john Kerry, America really has to look at itself, in more than a hundred years along with Britain they have betrayed or made wars with every nation on this planet. it is about time that we should stop it.

    • Nancy says:

      Until the people of the US and the UK are ready to stand together – and do a Ghandi on them…… (passive resistance)….. simply STOP supporting, working for, taking bennies tied to obligations – from, their slave masters……
      And that means no “marches of protest” (they do NO good whatsoever)…. no stupid violence with grandpa’s shotgun…. or a deer rifle…. no redneck bravado….

      Nothing will change……

      Why? ……… Because as long as ‘the enemy’ can PAY the mindless zombies with boots and uniforms, to use the sophisticated weapons that the Military Industrial Complex has developed using the TAX MONEY extracted from the voluntary taxpayers… on the masses of unhappy people…… the zombies will do the dirty work and the cabal will overcome.

      When the cabal can no longer PAY the uniformed zombies… the zombies will very quickly stop following orders.
      If we learned anything from Uncle Ronnie Reagan, it was “trickle down”.. when the MONEY is not longer ‘volunteered’ to the paymaster…. by the slaves, then that is the day that the entire system breaks down —– you know “No trickle down”~!.

  5. Healthy Earth Healthy Inhabitants~ Global Human Rights~ Peace On Earth says:

    Edward Snowden did a service to humanity showing HAARP global assassinating capabilities, which were well known prior to his exposure it these genocidal atrocities against humans and all living plants and animals on earth. The people responsible for ordering genocide and assassinations need to go to jail or worse.

  6. I hope Venezuela calls his bluff. I hope countries around the world stop letting themselves be pushed around the bullies of the corporate Us.

  7. DB says:

    I hope the Venezuelans know that we all do not think like Kerry. In fact, most of us don’t. Isn’t the world tired of these strong-arm tactics yet?

  8. stuart says:

    To hell with the Zionist Kerry…

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