NSA leaker Edward Snowden, whose escape stalled in a Moscow airport more than two weeks ago, must decide soon whether he will seek asylum in South America, where a number of countries have offered a safe haven.
Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela, implied Monday that Snowden's decision would have to come soon.
"He will have to say when he is flying here, if he definitely wants to come here," Maduro said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
On Friday, Maduro announced that Venezuela had granted Snowden "humanitarian political asylum."
"Latin America is telling this young man that you are being persecuted by the empire; come here," Maduro said Friday.
Russian politician Alexey Pushkov, the chair of the foreign relations committee of the Russian parliament, announced on Twitter Tuesday that Snowden had accepted Maduro's offer, though that has not been confirmed.
Pushkov has acted as an unofficial spokesman for Moscow throughout the Snowden affair, according the Associated Press.
Snowden has been in Russia since having his passport revoked for leaking confidential information about the U.S. government's surveillance programs to media outlets in late May. Snowden had already fled his home in Hawaii for Hong Kong, and on the day the U.S. revoked his passport, he flew to an airport in Moscow, where has been since.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin initially signalled he would cooperate with Snowden, Putin's stance changed slightly.
"If (Snowden) wants to go somewhere and somebody will host him – no problem," Putin said in a news conference on July 1 in Moscow. "If he wants to stay here, there is one condition: he must stop his work aimed at harming our American partners."
Edward #Snowden has applied to another six countries for asylum. They will not be named at this time due to attempted US interference.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 5, 2013
The following day, anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks announced that Snowden had submitted asylum applications to 20 countries. The organization later announced an additional six asylum requests, but did not reveal the countries to prevent "U.S. interference."
Of those, it appears only Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia explicitly agreed to grant the request. Ecuador has stated it would consider any application, and Russia has promised asylum only if the leaks stopped.