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Snowden announces plans to apply for asylum in Russia

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, July 12, 2013 10:34 EDT
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This image recorded on June 6, 2013 shows Edward Snowden speaking during an interview with The Guardian at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong. (AFP)
 
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MOSCOW — Edward Snowden could stay in Russia if he stops issuing leaks that damage the United States, the Kremlin said Friday after the US fugitive told rights activists in a Moscow airport that he is seeking asylum in Russia.

“Mr. Snowden could hypothetically stay in Russia if he: first, completely stops the activities harming our American partners and US-Russian relations and second, if he asks for this himself,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments quoted by Russian news agencies.

According to lawyer Genri Reznik who was present at a meeting at Moscow airport with Snowden and spoke to reporters afterwards, the fugitive “promised that he would not act to harm the United States”.

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