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Snowden abandons request for asylum in Russia

Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Agency, speaks during an interview with The Guardian newspaper in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013. Snowden has abandoned his request for political asylum in Russia after Moscow told him he would have to stop leaking US intelligence reports, a Kremlin spokesman said on Tuesday.

Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Agency, speaks during an interview with The Guardian newspaper in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013. Snowden has abandoned his request for political asylum in Russia after Moscow told him he would have to stop leaking US intelligence reports, a Kremlin spokesman said on Tuesday.  (The Guardian/AFP/File)

US fugitive Edward Snowden has abandoned his request for political asylum in Russia after Moscow told him he would have to stop leaking US intelligence reports, a Kremlin spokesman said on Tuesday.

"He abandoned his intention and his request to receive the chance of staying in Russia," Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters.

Snowden applied for asylum on Sunday night and on Monday Putin said he was welcome to stay in Russia as long as he stopped his leaks.

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