NSA Leaker Asks For Asylum In Russia

MOSCOW (July 1, 2013)--A Russian consular official confirms that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden asked for political asylum in Russia, the Interfax News Agency reported Monday.

Interfax cited Kim Shevchenko, the duty officer at the Russian Foreign Ministry's consular office in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, as saying that Snowden's representative, Sarah Harrison, handed over his request Sunday.

Snowden has been in legal limbo in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since his arrival from Hong Kong on June 23.

The U.S. has voided his passport, and Ecuador, where he hoped to get asylum, has been coy about offering him refuge.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin says Snowden will have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wants to get asylum in Russia, but adds that Snowden has no plan to quit doing so.

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