Snowden Drops Russia Asylum Bid

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
NSA leaker Edward Snowden has reportedly dropped his bid for asylum in Russia.

Edward Snowden

MOSCOW (AP) -- NSA leaker Edward Snowden has reportedly dropped his bid for asylum in Russia.

Russian news agencies on Tuesday quoted President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying that Snowden withdrew his request when he learnt about the terms Moscow has set out.

Putin said on Monday that Russia is ready to shelter Snowden as long as he stops leaking U.S. secrets.

Meanwhile several of the other countries where the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks says Snowden has applied for asylum have said he cannot apply from abroad.

Officials in Germany, Norway, Austria, Poland, Finland and Switzerland say he must make his request on their soil.

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