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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.

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US-Russia relations 'would be hit by Snowden asylum'

Edward Snowden held a meeting with representatives from WikiLeaks and Human Rights Watch Credit: Human Rights Watch

The US State Department has warned relations with Russia would be affected if it granted asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

But the spokesman added: "However we are not at that point yet. They still have the opportunity to do the right thing and return Mr Snowden to the United States and that's what our hope is."

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