Tweet by Russian lawmaker on Snowden asylum in Venezuela deleted


Chicago Tribune
July 9, 2013

A tweet in which a senior Russian lawmaker said former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden had accepted Venezuela’s offer of asylum was deleted from his Twitter feed shortly after it was posted on Tuesday.

The lawmaker, Alexei Pushkov, later tweeted that he had seen the news on state-run Russian television channel Rossiya-24, but a representative of Rossiya-24 said it had been referring to Pushkov’s initial tweet.

Pushkov, the pro-Kremlin chairman of the international affairs committee in the lower parliament house, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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