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Russia official: Venezuela last chance for Snowden
俄國官員︰委內瑞拉是史諾頓的最後機會

This combination made on July 5 shows a file picture of former Russian spy Anna Chapman, left, taken on Dec. 22, 2010 in Moscow, Russia and a still frame grab of former US National Security Agency systems analyst, Edward Snowden, recorded on June 6 in Hong Kong.
這張七月五日製作的拼圖,呈現二○一○年十二月二十二日攝於俄羅斯莫斯科的安娜‧查普曼(左)與擷取自六月六日攝於香港影像片段的美國前國安局系統分析師愛德華‧史諾頓。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

An influential Russian parliament member encouraged National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to accept Venezuela’s offer of asylum.

Alexei Pushkov, who heads the international affairs committee in Russia’s parliament, posted a message on Twitter saying, “Venezuela is waiting for an answer from Snowden. This, perhaps, is his last chance to receive political asylum.”

Pushkov’s comments appeared to indicate that the Kremlin is now anxious to be rid of the former National Security Agency systems analyst, whom the US wants returned to face espionage charges.

For Snowden to leave for South America, he would need for Venezuela to issue him travel documents and he would need to find a way to get there. There is a direct commercial flight from Moscow goes to Havana, Cuba, and Snowden had booked a seat on this flight the day after arriving from Hong Kong, but failed to show up.

The Moscow-Havana flight goes over Europe and the US, which could cause complications.

Pushkov joked that if Snowden does not find shelter in Venezuela,“ he will have to stay and marry Anna Chapman,” the redheaded Russian spy who was among 10 sleeper agents deported from the US in 2010. The 31-year-old Chapman proposed to Snowden, who just turned 30, on Twitter in early July.

(AP)

俄國一名深具影響力的國會議員,鼓勵美國國家安全局的洩密者愛德華‧史諾頓接受委內瑞拉提供的庇護。

俄國國會的國際事務委員會主席阿雷賽‧普希科夫在推特上貼文說︰「委內瑞拉正等待史諾頓的回答。這或許是他獲得政治庇護的最後機會。」

普希科夫的言論顯然表明克里姆林宮正急於擺脫這位美國前國安局系統分析師,美國要他回國面臨間諜指控。

史諾頓若前往南美,他將需要委國發給他旅遊文件,同時想辦法前往當地。而莫斯科唯一直航南美的商務航班是到古巴哈瓦那,史諾頓在從香港抵達莫斯科後,曾預定翌日該航班座位,但他並未現身。

莫斯科—哈瓦那航班將飛越歐洲與美國領空,這可能引發複雜情況。

普希科夫開玩笑說,如果史諾頓未能獲得委國庇護,「他就必須留下來,與安娜‧查普曼結婚,」這位紅髮俄國間諜是二○一○年被美國驅逐的十名臥底特務之一。三十一歲的查普曼七月初在推特上,向剛過三十歲生日的史諾頓求婚。

(美聯社/翻譯:魏國金)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. anxious adj.

焦急的 (jiao1 ji2 de5)

例: We are anxious to know the result.

(我們急於想知道結果如何。)

2. sleeper n.

臥底特務 (wo4 di3 te4 wu4)

例: The sleeper became active after 15 years of living in the US.

(潛伏美國十五年後,該名臥底特務開始展開行動。)

3. deport v.

把…驅逐;流放 (ba3 … qu1 zhu2; liu2 fang4)

例: A man was recently deported from Saudi Arabia allegedly for being too handsome.

(一名男子據傳是因長相太帥,最近被沙烏地阿拉伯驅逐。)


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