MONTEVIDEO, 13 JULY: South American leaders defended their right to offer asylum, venting anger at claims of US spying in the region while intelligence leaker Edward Snowden’s fate hangs in the balance. Washington wants Mr Snowden, currently in limbo in Moscow, arrested for disclosing details of the massive US electronic intelligence operations around the world. Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua, all run by leftist governments, have offered Mr Snowden asylum. The 30-year-old US fugitive, however, told rights activists in Moscow yesterday he would seek interim refuge in Russia. afp