NSA leaker Snowden faces legal hurdles applying for asylum in Europe

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Poland has rejected NSA leaker Edward Snowden's asylum request, while officials in Germany, Norway, Austria and Switzerland say that he cannot apply for asylum from abroad.

The anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks says Snowden, who is believed to be at a transit area of a Russian airport, has asked for asylum in 21 countries including 13 in Europe. Many European countries require an asylum request to be made on their soil.

Poland's Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said Tuesday that Snowden has made a request for an asylum in Poland, but the request has faults and was rejected. He did not elaborate.