Edward Snowden Files For Asylum In Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Monday that his government had received a formal asylum request from U.S. former CIA analyst Edward Snowden, who has been staying in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since June 23.

"An asylum request letter arrived" from Snowden, Maduro told reporters after meeting with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli. Snowden, he said, "will have to decide when he will fly here."

A Russian lawmaker with close ties to Kremlin tweeted that Snowden had accepted Venezuela's offer of political asylum. However, the tweet disappeared a few minutes later.

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