Cuba's Raul Castro criticizes U.S., backs allies on Snowden

July 7, 2013 9:51 PM

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Cuba's Raul Castro criticizes U.S., backs allies on Snowden

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro on Sunday backed offers of asylum by Venezuela and other Latin American countries to fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden and criticized the United States for what he described as bullying other nations.

Castro, speaking behind closed doors to Cuba's National Assembly, said Venezuela and other countries in the region have the right to grant asylum "to those persecuted for their ideals or struggles for democracy, according to our tradition," according to the official Prensa Latina News Agency.

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