Brazil rejects Snowden asylum request: foreign ministry

BRASILIA Tue Jul 2, 2013 8:30am EDT

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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil will not grant asylum to former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, adding that it will leave the request unanswered.

The rejection makes Brazil the latest in a flurry of countries that have spurned asylum requests from Snowden, who is wanted in the United States for leaking information about secret U.S. electronic surveillance programs.

(Reporting by Alonso Soto; Writing by Todd Benson; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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