Cuba backs Snowden asylum offers from allies

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Cuba's President Raul Castro, greets members to parliament at the opening of the second day of a twice-annual legislative sessions, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Observers will be watching to see if the new vice president is taking on increasing responsibility since assuming the post in what was seen as the beginning of a generational leadership transition. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate)HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro threw his support behind other leftist Latin American governments willing to give asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, calling him a man persecuted for his ideals.