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Snowden's Support Fades in U.S.: HuffPo

July 5, 2013

Support among Americans for fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has declined in recent weeks, according to the results of a survey issued Friday.

Stuck in diplomatic limbo in the transit zone of a Moscow airport for nearly two weeks, the 30-year-old former National Security Agency contractor has applied for asylum in another six countries, the internet anti-secrecy organization Wikileaks tweeted. He had previously applied - so far in vain - to at least 21 countries.

Wikileaks said that the latest six countries "will not be named at this time due to attempted US interference."

The poll by the website Huffington Post and YouGov asked 1,000 adults if Snowden's leaking documents to newspapers about US surveillance of foreign internet use and collection of domestic telephone records was "the right thing to do."

The survey found 38 per cent of respondents disagreed with Snowden's leaks, while 33 per cent supported his actions and 29 per cent were not sure.

A similar survey published three weeks earlier, shortly after Snowden had revealed himself as the source of the NSA leaks, had estimated support for Snowden at 38 per cent.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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