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SNOWEN CASE | Washington awaits

Russia regards as "stagnated" asylum to Edward Snowden

Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia have offered asylum without any hint from the US citizen

The Venezuelan government offered Snowden asylum (Reuters)
Thursday July 11, 2013  01:44 PM
The case of US ex consultant Edward Snowden, stranded at Sheremetyevo international airport of Moscow for 19 days, is "stagnated." Therefore, both Russia and the United States "await," a Russian source close to the affair declared on Thursday.

"Seemingly, each party hopes to overcome such difficult situation without ‘giving a bad impression,' the source said, as quoted by Interfax and AFP.

The US government "stopped sending requests to Russians. We have received no petition for some days, either by official or unofficial means," the source added.

Moscow has testified that it will not hand Snowden over, based on international law and because the ex CIA contractor is in the airport transit area. Therefore, he has not crossed the Russian border.

Wanted by the US government for leaking a US spying program of communications around the world, the former consultant of the National Security Agency (NSA) has taken refuge since June 23 in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.

Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia have offered asylum. However, so far, Snowden has not hinted any departure soon to any of those countries.
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