Fidel Castro Says Edward Snowden is a Hero

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Some people like to gossip about Miley Cyrus. I prefer gossip about Fidel Castro. Today he responds to the suggestion that Cuba caved in to pressure from the U.S. and told Russia that it would refuse to let an Aeroflot flight land in Havana if Edward Snowden were onboard:

“It is obvious that the United States will always try to pressure Cuba … but not for nothing has (Cuba) resisted and defended itself without a truce for 54 years and will continue to do so for as long as necessary,” Castro wrote.

….”I admire the courageous and just declarations of Snowden,” Castro wrote. “In my opinion, he has rendered a service to the world, having revealed the repugnantly dishonest policy of the powerful empire that is lying and deceiving the world,” Castro continued.

….Castro did not speculate as to why Snowden skipped the Aeroflot flight.

OK then.

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