July 12, 2013

National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden said he would ask Russia for temporary asylum Friday as a step in gaining asylum in Latin America.

Snowden’s statement came as he met with human rights groups and lawyers at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, RIA Novosti reported.

“I ask for your assistance in requesting guarantees of safe passage from the relevant nations in securing my travel to Latin America, as well as requesting asylum in Russia until such time as … my legal travel is permitted,” Snowden said in the statement posted on the WikiLeaks website. “I will be submitting my request to Russia today, and hope it will be accepted favorably.”

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