Snowden 'not accepted asylum'

WikiLeaks has said US intelligence agency leaker Edward Snowden has "not yet formally accepted" an asylum offer from Venezuela. It came after a senior Russian politician clarified an earlier tweet that Mr Snowden has accepted an offer from Venezuela

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WikiLeaks: US serves Snowden extradition request

The US has served an extradition request on Icelandfor the fugitive Edward Snowden, according to the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy organisation.

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We can confirm that a US extradition request for Mr. Snowden has been served on Iceland. #snowden

Iceland is one of 21 countries where Mr Snowden is said to have applied for asylum.

WikiLeaks: Snowden has 'not yet' accepted asylum offer

The anti-secrecy campaigning organisation WikiLeaks has tweeted that US fugitive Edward Snowden has "not yet formally accepted" an asylum offer from Venezuela.

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Edward #Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela. The Russian law maker concerned has deleted the tweet.

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The states concerned will make the announcement if and when the appropriate time comes. The announcement will then be confirmed by us.

Report: Snowden accepts Venezuela asylum offer

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Snowden: US government will say 'I aided our enemies'

The Guardian have published the second part of their interview with US intelligence agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, recorded in Hong Kong on 6 June.

In the interview, he contemplates the reaction from the US government to his leaking of top-secret documents related to its surveillance of phone records and internet data.

Edward Snowden is still in a Moscow airport after leaving Hong Kong, as he seeks asylum in several countries. Credit: The Guardian/Glenn Grenwald, Laura Poitras

He said: "I think they're going to say I committed grave crimes, I've violated the espionage act, they're going to say I aided our enemies".

He is also seen defending his decision to go public, saying: "I don't want to live in a world where everything I say, everything I do...every expression of creativity, love or friendship is recorded..that's not something I'm willing..to support and live under".

Read: Source of leaks about US spy programmes is revealed

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Bolivia 'would grant asylum' to Edward Snowden

Bolivian president Evo Morales says the country would grant asylum to Edward Snowden if it was requested.

Bolivia's President Evo Morales. Credit: Jose Lirauze/Abi/Handout/DPA/Press Association Images

Morales' offer came after two other Latin American leaders - Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro and Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega - also said they would help the US fugitive, who is believed to be holed up in the transit area of a Moscow international airport.

Read: Bolivia 'would grant asylum' to Edward Snowden

European Union to confront US over bugging claims

The European Union will discuss "data protection and privacy rights" alongside trade talks with the United States next week.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Credit: Reuters/Vincent Kessler

But the head of the 28-nation bloc's executive commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, said broader concerns about US intelligence activities would have to be raised by member states individually because they fall under the category of national security.

Reports last weekend that the US National Security Agency bugged EU diplomatic offices in Washington angered European officials and many leaders called for the NSA's surveillance activities to be discussed in parallel with trade talks opening next week in Washington.

Obama administration participants in the meeting will include officials from the Department of Justice and from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a Justice Department spokesman said.

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