Snowden 'to submit an asylum claim to Russia'

Ellen Barry, Moscow correspondent for The New York Times, is tweeting on behalf of Human Rights Watch's Tanya Lokshina, who is attending a meeting with Edward Snowden.

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Updates are from @tanyalokshina @hrw: He wants help in guarantee of safe passage to Latin America

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From @tanyalokshina @hrw Today, he will submit an asylum claim to Russia, plans to go to Latin America eventually.

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From @tanyalokshina @hrw #Snowden says he can only have guaranteed safety to stay temporarily in Russia is with asylum, so asking for it.

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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.