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Snowden seeks temporary asylum in Russia

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 01:36

July 12 - Fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden wants temporary asylum in Russia, and is asking human rights groups to help him find safe passage to Latin America. Malini Wilkes reports.

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Several photos and an audiotape of Edward Snowden surfaced Friday on social media, showing him meeting with human rights groups at a Moscow airport where he's been stuck in limbo for nearly three weeks. Snowden told the organizations he was immediately requesting temporary asylum in Russia until he can arrange travel to Latin America. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. INTELLIGENCE SERVICES CONTRACTOR EDWARD SNOWDEN, SAYING: "I ask for your assistance in requesting guarantees of safe passage from the relevant nations in securing my passage to Latin America as well as requesting asylum in Russia until such time as these states accede to law, and my legal travel is permitted." The Kremlin has said the former U.S. government contractor who leaked details about American surveillance programs can stay in Russia if he refrains from anti-U.S. activity. Snowden says he'll comply, according to Tatiana Lokshina, deputy director of Human Rights Watch, (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUMAN RIGHTS DEPUTY DIRECTOR TATIANA LOKSHINA, SAYING: "As he says, he did not do any harm to the United States and he was not planning to do any damage." Snowden has asylum offers from Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua, and he declared he is officially accepting them all. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. INTELLIGENCE SERVICES CONTRACTOR EDWARD SNOWDEN, SAYING: "I announce today my formal acceptance of all offers of support or asylum I have been extended and all others that may be offered in the future." Snowden also accused the U.S. of putting pressure on countries that are entertaining his asylum requests, and of blocking his travel as a warning to anyone else who might speak out.

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Snowden seeks temporary asylum in Russia

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 01:36

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