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India turned down the Snowden's Request for Asylum

Jul 2, 2013 18:47 IST

India including several other countries on 2 July 2013 turned down Edward Snowden's request for asylum. Snowden has cancelled his asylum bid in Russia and several European countries said such applications wouldn't be considered if they were made from abroad. Meanwhile, several other countries, where the WikiLeaks says Snowden has applied for asylum, have said he cannot apply from abroad. Officials in Germany, Norway, Austria, Poland, Finland and Switzerland all said he must make his request on their soil.

These asylum requests were filed by Sarah Harrison, legal advisor of Wikileaks in the matter of Snowden, the whistle-blower website said on Tuesday. The requests were made to a number of countries including Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italian, Ireland, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Spain, Swiss Confederation, and Venezuela.
The US Administration has warned countries not to give asylum to Snowden arguing that he is wanted in the US on charges of espionage and leaking classified information.

Edward Snowden is an American intelligence leaker, who is currently sheltered in the transit zone of Moscow airport, has sought asylum in 20 countries, including India.

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