Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Stranded fugitive Snowden seeks temporary asylum in Russia

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an analyst with a U.S. defence contractor, is seen in this still image taken from video during an interview by The Guardian in his hotel room in Hong Kong June 6, 2013. REUTERS-Glenn Greenwald-Laura Poitras-Courtesy of The Guardian-Handout via Reuters 

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia on Tuesday after three weeks holed up at a Moscow airport trying to avoid prosecution in the United States on espionage charges.

The White House said Snowden is "not a dissident" and should be expelled and returned to the United States to face trial.

Snowden is seeking refuge in Latin America after leaking details of U.S. government surveillance programs, but has not risked taking any flight that might be intercepted by the United States. He flew into Moscow from Hong Kong on June 23.

For the rest of the story: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/16/us-usa-security-snowden-russia-idUSBRE96F0I020130716?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=992637

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