Snowden and 6 Other Controversial People Who’ve Found Asylum in Latin America

Edward J. Snowden, the NSA whistleblower that came forward and confessed to leaking information regarding PRISM – a top-secret program that has direct access to Internet sites such as Google and Facebook – is now seeking asylum in Ecuador. Snowden’s decision to seek asylum in this particular Latin American country seems to stem from the fact that WikiLeaks has been assisting the 29-year-old.

According to reports by The New York Times, Snowden has been staying in Moscow and remaining out of sight as he awaits a flight out. With no direct flights from Moscow to Quito, Snowden will have to travel through Havana in order to get there. The next flight from Moscow to Havana is Thursday.

Snowden’s request to seek asylum from Ecuador brought to mind other controversial people who have found asylum in Latin America. Here are 6 other people who have fled to Latin American countries:

Share this 
About this author

Priscilla Rodriguez, Associate Editor

Priscilla Rodriguez is Latina.com’s Associate Editor. She provides coverage on nearly every topic with a focus on celebrity entertainment. Before hitting the pavement at Latina, Priscilla worked for various outlets including Teen.com, InStyle and Us Weekly. You can follow her on Twitter @priscilrodrig.

Like this post? Contribute to the discussion!