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Russian FM Unaware of US Spy Leaker’s Asylum Request

Posted By yihan On June 12, 2013 @ 5:17 am In World News | Comments Disabled

RIA Novosti [1]
June 12, 2013

The head of Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that he has no information about US whistleblower Edward Snowden seeking asylum in Russia.

“I haven’t heard about there being a formal [asylum] request from Snowden,” Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Russia will review the request if one is filed, Lavrov added.

The possibility of Snowden getting asylum in Russia was first mentioned by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov [2], who was quoted by Kommersant daily earlier Tuesday.

Snowden, who is currently in hiding and was last seen in Hong Kong, made no statement on the issue. He named Iceland earlier as a potential refuge.

Snowden, 29, who worked for US defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, hit the media spotlight last week after he leaked to press information about an extensive surveillance program by the US government [3], which allegedly monitored phone and electronic conversations of millions of Americans.

Full story here. [1]


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[1] RIA Novosti: http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130612/181626916/Russian-FM-Unaware-of-US-Spy-Leakers-Asylum-Request.html

[2] was first mentioned by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov: http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130611/181607633/Russia-May-Consider-US-Spy-Leakers-Asylum-Request--Media.html

[3] extensive surveillance program by the US government: http://en.rian.ru/world/20130610/181592963.html

[4] WikiLeaks: NSA leaker Snowden applied for asylum in six more countries: http://www.prisonplanet.com/wikileaks-nsa-leaker-snowden-applied-for-asylum-in-six-more-countries.html

[5] No asylum application from Snowden yet: Russian migration chief: http://www.prisonplanet.com/no-asylum-application-from-snowden-yet-russian-migration-chief.html

[6] NSA leaker Snowden’s plane to Cuba will pass through US airspace – source: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-leaker-snowdens-plane-to-cuba-will-pass-through-us-airspace-source.html

[7] Edward Snowden asking 15 countries for asylum, Russian official says: http://www.prisonplanet.com/edward-snowden-asking-15-countries-for-asylum-russian-official-says.html

[8] Snowden’s Venezuela offer ‘last chance’ for political asylum – Russian official: http://www.prisonplanet.com/snowdens-venezuela-offer-last-chance-for-political-asylum-russian-official.html

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