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Venezuela acknowledges asylum request from Snowden
Venezuelan officials say they have received a formal request for asylum from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who has been trapped in legal limbo in the transit lounge of Moscow's international airport for more than two weeks.
Soon after the posting on his Twitter account disappeared, Mr. Pushkov sent another message saying his claim was based on a report from the state all-news television channel Rossiya 24, also known as Vesti.
The channel said Mr. Pushkov misunderstood its report on Mr. Maduro’s comments Monday night during a meeting with Panama’s president, which the anchorwoman introduced by saying “Venezuela has finally received an answer” from Mr. Snowden.
In an effort the clarify the matter, WikiLeaks, which has been advising Mr. Snowden, said Tuesday on Twitter that Mr. Snowden had not formally accepted the Venezuelan offer, and that any decision on asylum would be announced by the “states concerned” and “then be confirmed by us.”
U.S. officials have hunted for Mr. Snowden since he divulged information about NSA’s classified electronic surveillance programs last month. Authorities have revoked Mr. Snowden’s U.S. passport and requested that allies and other nations not facilitate his onward travel, except to the United States to face trial on espionage charges.
If he were to leave the Moscow airport, Mr. Snowden would have to do so without passing over the airspace of the United States or that of its allies in order to avoid capture.
His comments appeared in an interview published Monday by German magazine Der Spiegel. The interview was conducted in May, via encrypted email, before the journalists communicating with him knew his identity, and much of the exchange is technical in nature, designed to establish Mr. Snowden’s bona fides.
⦁ This article is based in part on wire service reports.
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