Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Edward Snowden 'accepts Venezuela asylum offer'

A Russian politician claimed Edward Snowden, the US intelligence whistleblower,had agreed to an offer of political asylum from Venezuela,only to delete a Tweet referencing the offer minutes later.

The former CIA and National Security Agency (NSA) computer technician has been stranded in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since June 23, after flying in from Hong Kong and having his passport revoked by US authorities.

He had sought asylum from more than 20 countries in an attempt to evade the US justice system after exposing a vast US surveillance programme but had been thus far rebuffed.

Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian lower house of parliament's international affairs committee, had said on Twitter: "As was expected, Snowden agreed to (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro's offer of political asylum.

"Apparently this option looked like the most reliable one to Snowden."

There was immediate confusion however as Mr Pushkov appeared to delete the tweet.

 He could not immediately be reached for comment.

A Russian foreign ministry official declined to comment.

President Maduro had said over the weekend that he was willing to offer Mr Snowden asylum.

"In the name of America's dignity, I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to Edward Snowden. He is a young man who has told the truth, in the spirit of rebellion, about the United States spying on the whole world," he said on Friday.

Mr Pushkov has been an increasingly vocal presence on the Snowden affair. Earlier he described Venezuela's offer as Mr Snowden's "last chance" to seek political refuge.
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