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article imageSnowden says U.S. officials denying his claim of asylum

By Sami Zaatari     Jul 12, 2013 in World
Moscow - NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has alleged that U.S. officials are running a campaign to prevent him from seeking asylum.
The whistleblower also today appeared at a conference alongside Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks as well as Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch after he sent a letter to the organisation discussing how the U.S. was preventing him from seeking asylum.
According to Snowden:
The scale of threatening behaviour is without precedent: never before in history have states conspired to force to the ground a sovereign president's plane to effect a search for a political refugee. This dangerous escalation represents a threat not just to the dignity of Latin America or my own personal security, but to the basic right shared by every living person to live free from persecution.
Snowden meanwhile has now applied for asylum in Russia.
The whistleblower has been stuck in transit for weeks now after the U.S. revoked his passport, making it impossible for Snowden to travel. In that time, Snowden has applied to more than 20 countries seeking asylum, with South American nations accepting his asylum bids.
Should the Russians now accept Snowden's asylum bid, it would raise the diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and the Americans. The Russians, though, have tried to contain some of the fallout, with President Vladimir Putin telling Snowden that he must stop with his leaks and harming America if he wants to remain in the country.
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