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article imageRussia says leaker Edward Snowden accepts Venezuelan asylum

By Marcus Hondro     Jul 9, 2013 in World
American Edward Snowden, who leaked spying secrets from his country's NSA program, may have found a new home. Believed to be living in the transit zone of a Moscow airport since June 23, a Russian minister's tweet says he'll be leaving for Venezuela.
The head of the foreign affairs committee for Russia's parliament, Alexei Pushkov, who has been dealing with the Snowden affair for his country, tweeted today that the 30-year-old former CIA employee and ex-technical contractor for Booz Allen Hamilton had accepted a Venezuelan offer of asylum.
The tweet, however, has since been taken down.
Numerous other countries turned Snowden down in requests for asylum. Should he go to Venezuela, it well exacerbate the strains already present in the relationship between that country and the United States. It is not known when Snowden, called a 'whistleblower' by some, might go to the South American country, or how he will make his way there.
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