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Snowden's Moscow airport stay hits one-month mark

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 - 01:08

July 23 - Edward Snowden may be wearing out his welcome in Russia, where he has spent a month in limbo at a Moscow airport, says a political analyst. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Edward Snowden landed at this Moscow airport in June. Today, a month later, the former U.S. government contractor is still here and his plans are far from clear. Political analyst Lilia Shevtsova believes Snowden may be wearing out his welcome. SOUNDBITE: Political Analyst Lilia Shevtsova of the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace Saying: "Having Snowden for several weeks I would say any intelligence service would make Snowden a kind of 'empty box'. So Russia does not need Snowden. He is a nuisance. And I am not sure that America will need Snowden because, well, to have Snowden in the United States of America means that they will have an open trial and an open trial again will attract attention to the administration, to Obama - the Nobel Prize winner - and to the surveillance scandal." Snowden faces espionage charges in states and has been in limbo since the U.S. rescinded his passport. While Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have offered him political asylum, the 30-year-old American is reportedly worried that he could be returned to the states if he travels to Latin America. Snowden's attorney says he is considering seeking Russian citizenship.

Snowden's Moscow airport stay hits one-month mark

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 - 01:08

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