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Snowden withdraws Russia asylum petition as options dwindle

Jaikumar Vijayan | July 3, 2013
Fugitive whistleblower has filed for political asylum in more than 20 countries; none appear ready to take him in.

"Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right," to seek asylum, Snowden added.

Snowden is currently wanted in the U.S. for violating provisions of the Espionage Act of 1917.

Snowden, a former employee of government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, admitted that he illegally accessed numerous classified documents while working on contract at a National Security Agency facility in Hawaii. He has claimed that he leaked the documents to reporters only to expose widespread surveillance activities being carried out under the aegis of counter-terrorism.

The U.S. government has accused him of leaking information that is critical to national security.


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