Spain: Snowden asylum application would be invalid

Spain said any application by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for political asylum would be invalid as he is not on their soil.

Edward Snowden is still in a Moscow airport after leaving Hong Kong. Credit: The Guardian/Glenn Grenwald, Laura Poitras

Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said: "For an asylum petition to become a petition that the government could study, in other words for it to be legally admissible, it has to be made by a person who is in Spain".

He said he had no knowledge of any application to Spain.

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