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Snowden Repeats Request for Asylum in Russia

July 12, 2013

Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden is asking Russia for asylum, according to lawmakers and activists who met him at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport Friday.

Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch told the Interfax news agency that Snowden explained his decision based on the fact that European and North American countries are preventing him from travelling from Russia. "He wants to stay as long as he cannot fly to Latin America," Lokshina said.

It would be the second time that Snowden, who is wanted by the US on espionage charges, applies for asylum in Russia. He retracted a first request last week after President Vladimir Putin demanded that he must stop releasing sensitive US information.

Russian lawmaker Vyacheslav Nikonov said that Snowden had agreed "not to further damage US interests", Interfax reported.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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