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Moscow Says Still No Asylum Request From Snowden

Former U.S. intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden (center) and Sarah Harrison (left) of WikiLeaks speak to human rights representatives in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on July 12.
Authorities in Moscow say they still have not received a written political-asylum request from U.S. whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Vladimir Volokh, head of the Public Council of Russia's Federal Migration Service, told Interfax on July 15 that an application would be processed within three to six months of being received.

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Snowden has been living in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport for three weeks.

Snowden, a former U.S. intelligence contractor who leaked information about U.S. surveillance programs, met with human rights activists at the airport on July 12.

He said he'd sought asylum in 21 countries, most of which have rejected his application.

He said he has been offered permanent asylum in Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, but has been unable to travel because the United States canceled his passport.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS