Nightly News   |  July 06, 2013

Three Latin American leaders offer asylum to Snowden

Now that the presidents of Nicaragua, Bolivia and Venezuela have offered to grant NSA leaker Edward Snowden asylum, it's unclear what will happen to him or where he will go. But wherever it is, it won't come soon enough for Russian President Putin. NBC’s Jim Maceda reports.

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>> guest on "meet the press" tomorrow.

>>> now to edward snowden . ith it's unclear what will happen to him or where he will go, but it won't come soon enough for russian president vladmir putin .

>> reporter: nicolas maduro of venezuela said he offered edward snowden asylum in the name of america's dignity. a young man who told the truth, in the spirit of rebellion. nicaragua and bolivia offered conditions of refuge to the american fugitive. this joint act of defiance came after bolivian president evo morales ' plane was diverted earlier over europe. after four u.s. and nato allies were warned mistakenly that snowden was op board, triggering anger across bolivia. this could be a major pivot from flight from justice. it's unclear how snowden would get there, effectively under house arrest for the past two weeks and no country to offer asylum until today, snowden believed to be by some experts were struggling with his fate.

>> he's finding out he's more of a pariah right now and it doesn't come together with his expectation.

>> reporter: by some accounts, snowden still holed up in the moscow airport hotel.

>> one of the floors, not sure which, edward snowden is sitting in his room.

>> reporter: reported to be on a specially sealed floor, under heavy guard, we didn't see it or him. no official comment from the kremlin today, but vladimir put you know made it clear he would like to see edward snowden back as quickly as possible. even if snowden is on a flight to a new life in venezuela, a u.s. request for extradition is already waiting for him there. jim maceda, nbc news, moscow.