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Snowden agrees to asylum in Venezuela: top lawmaker

Edward Snowden speaks during an interview with The Guardian newspaper at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong on June 6, 2013. Snowden -- who has been holed up in a Moscow airport for more than two weeks -- has agreed to an offer of political asylum from Venezuela, according to a top pro-Kremlin lawmaker.

Edward Snowden speaks during an interview with The Guardian newspaper at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong on June 6, 2013. Snowden -- who has been holed up in a Moscow airport for more than two weeks -- has agreed to an offer of political asylum from Venezuela, according to a top pro-Kremlin lawmaker.  (The Guardian/AFP/File)

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has been holed up in a Moscow airport for more than two weeks, has agreed to an offer of political asylum from Venezuela, a top pro-Kremlin lawmaker said on Tuesday.

"As was expected, Snowden agreed to (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro's offer of political asylum," Alexei Pushkov, head of the Russian lower house of parliament's international affairs committee, said on Twitter.

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