published Friday, July 5th, 2013

WikiLeaks: NSA leaker Edward Snowden makes 6 new asylum applications

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LONDON — Secret-spilling website WikiLeaks says NSA leaker Edward Snowden has put in asylum applications to six new countries as his effort to find refuge from American prosecution falters.

Snowden is believed to be stuck in a Moscow airport transit area and has already sought asylum from more than 20 countries, including Venezuela and Ecuador. Many have since turned him down.

President Barack Obama has publicly displayed a relaxed attitude toward the leaker’s movements, but the drama surrounding the flight of Bolivian President Evo Morales — whose plane was abruptly rerouted to Austria over suspicions Snowden was aboard — suggests that pressure is being applied behind the scenes.

WikiLeaks said in a message posted to Twitter on Friday that it would not be identifying the countries involved “due to attempted U.S. interference.”

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