Wikileaks: Edward Snowden set to release statement

Edward Snowden has met rights groups at Moscow airport and is set to release a statement Credit: Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch

Wikileaks say they are set to release a statement from US fugitive Edward Snowden shortly.

The group said "press reportage should be treated with caution" until Snowden's statement is released.

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Snowden Russia asylum bid

Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia oafter three weeks holed up at a Moscow airport trying to avoid prosecution in the United States on espionage charges.