MOSCOW — Fugitive document-leaker Edward Snowden told human rights activists and lawyers at Sheremetyevo Airport on Friday that he would apply for political asylum in Russia, where he has been stranded since June 23.
“He feels it is impossible to travel anywhere, so for the time being he is asking for asylum here,” said Human Rights Watch activist Tatyana Lokshina, who was at the meeting with Snowden.
Eventually, she added, the 30-year-old former contractor for the National Security Agency still hopes to be granted asylum in Latin America.
Lokshina said Snowden was not concerned about a demand from Russian President Vladimir Putin that he refrain from releasing harmful information about the United States while on Russian soil.
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