A Venezuelan government minister has urged citizens to shut Facebook accounts to avoid being unwitting informants for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, referring to recent revelations about U.S. surveillance programs.
Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who is stuck
in a Moscow airport while seeking to avoid capture by the United
States, last month leaked details about American intelligence agencies
obtaining information from popular websites including Facebook.
“Comrades: cancel your Facebook accounts, you’ve been working for
free as CIA informants. Review the Snowden case!” wrote Prisons Minister
Iris Varela on her Twitter account.
Venezuela has offered to provide asylum for Snowden, but he has not
responded and appears unable to leave the transit zone of Sheremetyevo
He exposed a program known as Prism that relied on customer data supplied by major technology companies.
“Countries and people that have fallen victim to gringo spying should
sue the United States to ensure fair compensation. We’re going to
bankrupt the U.S. economy!” wrote Varela, known for radical rhetoric and
ardent support of the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.