Snowden applies for asylum in Russia: immigration source

MOSCOW Mon Jul 1, 2013 12:36pm EDT

A television screens the image of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden during a news bulletin at a cafe at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A television screens the image of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden during a news bulletin at a cafe at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport June 26, 2013.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Russia, a Russian immigration source close to the matter said on Monday.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a Wikileaks activist who is traveling with Snowden handed his application to a Russian consulate in the transit area at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport late on Sunday.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly, Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel, Editing by Steve Gutterman)

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Poor Snowden, has to stay put in Russia. I bet he wished he could hit the rewind button and make this nightmare go away.

Jul 01, 2013 12:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Frogprince wrote:
Wait a minute………..why is it political asylum? This has nothing to do with politics……

Jul 01, 2013 1:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KevinStowell wrote:
Asylum in Russia? ‘Nuf said about life in the U.S.

Jul 01, 2013 1:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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