Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has confirmed that they have received an asylum request from NSA leaker Edward Snowden. No word has been released as to how Snowden will carry out the request logistically, and President Maduro hinted that he may have to arrange for his own travel into the Bolivarian country. During a speech regarding their new pro tempore presidency of Mercosur, President Maduro stated that his priority as president would be to ensure the quick return of Paraguay to Mercosur.  (July 9, 2013 ABC; July 12, 2013 MercoPress)