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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Nicholas Maduro
A key opposition leader jailed for more than a month by Venezuela's protest-embattled government says leaders from across Latin America are engaged in a "shameful silence" toward human rights abuses being carried by "paramilitary groups" loyal to Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro.
Venezuelan officials said Tuesday that they have received a formal request for asylum National Security Agency leaker Edward J. Snowden, who has been trapped in legal limbo in the transit lounge of Moscow international airport since last month.
But Mr. Maduro has publicly denied supporting armed paramilitaries among the Chavistas, and he insists that the opposition protests are part of a coup d'etat plot being engineered against him by the United States and its closest allies in the region — including Colombia.
Asked about possible U.S. reprisals if Venezuela were to take Mr. Snowden in, Mr. Maduro said, "The U.S. doesn't govern the world. We're a free and sovereign country."