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Snowden Seeks Russian Asylum, Safe Passage to Latin America

July 12, 2013

U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden said that he will apply for asylum in Russia because he cannot safely leave the country. But he also asked for help in obtaining safe passage to Latin America.

"Some governments in Western European and North American states have demonstrated a willingness to act outside the law," Snowden said in a statement released by the Wikileaks anti-secrecy group Friday. He added that "this unlawful threat" makes it impossible for him to travel to Latin America, where he has been offered asylum.

"No state has a basis by which to limit or interfere with my right to enjoy that asylum," he said.

Snowden added that he is asking for guarantees of safe passage from relevant nations so that he can travel to Latin America. He said that he was requesting asylum in Russia until these states permit him legal travel. "I will be submitting my request to Russia today, and hope it will be accepted favorably," he said.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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