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.

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Media gather at Moscow airport ahead of Snowden talks

Members of the media have gathered at Moscow's Sheremteyevo Airport ahead of Edward Snowden's meeting with human rights groups.

An official answers questions at Sheremteyevo Airport Credit: Reuters

The former CIA analyst has requested the meeting to discuss the "next steps forward" after accusing the United States of preventing him from taking up offers of asylum.

Washington is seeking to prosecute Mr Snowden for leaking secret documents and have criticised China's failure to extradite him.

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