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The Russian President claims the former CIA computer technician turned down an offer of asylum contingent on him leaking no further classified information

Edward Snowden at a meeting with human rights campaigners at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport today

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Colombian drug trafficking suspect ‘el Loco’ extradited to US

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

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Edward Snowden

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden offered asylum by Venezuela, Nicaragua and now Bolivia

WikiLeaks says Snowden has applied to six new countries in his quest for asylum, bringing the total approached worldwide up to 27

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Venezuela offers Edward Snowden hope of asylum - but for now whistleblower is grounded at Moscow airport as Vladimir Putin refuses extradition

Former CIA employee remains stuck at Moscow airport with annulled US passport

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