Edward Snowden Breaking News: Snowden Submits Request for Asylum in Russia

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Edward Snowden Breaking News: Snowden Submits Request for Asylum in Russia

by Wochit 1:15 mins

Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer who is a member of the Public Chamber, a Kremlin advisory body, said that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia. President Vladimir Putin said he wanted Edward Snowden to leave after three weeks holed up at a Moscow airport, but also signaled that the former U.S. spy agency contractor was moving towards meeting Russia's asylum conditions. Snowden flew to Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport from Hong Kong on June 23 in the hope of traveling on to a country that would offer him protection from the United States after he divulged details of U.S. government intelligence programs. A senior U.N. official said that Edward Snowden's revelations about U.S. Internet surveillance have created a chance for countries to call a halt to a cyber war. "It gives us an opportunity, and I keep saying let's build bridges," said Hamadoun Toure, head of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is working with Interpol and the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime to work out how to police cyberspace.

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