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Edward Snowden Breaking News: Snowden's Future up in the Air After Retracted Tweet

by Wochit 1:09 mins

Edward Snowden Breaking News: Snowden's Future up in the Air After Retracted Tweet

by Wochit 1:09 mins

U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is grounded in Moscow's airport, but his future is up in the air. A tweet by a Russian lawmaker announced that Snowden had accepted Venezuela's offer of asylum. But the news remains unconfirmed.The lawmaker who sent the tweet, Russian parliamentary spokesman Alexei Pushkov, deleted the message and followed up by saying he got the news from a media report. The head of the Russian parliament's foreign affairs committee says Edward Snowden has accepted Venezuela's offer of political asylum. Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden remains, as far as the public knows, stuck in the transit area of a Moscow airport. But two newly published interviews reveal more about why he decided to go public with documents confirming the NSA's domestic surveillance of American citizens. The interviews, separately published today by the Guardian and Spiegel Online, were conducted over a month ago -- before his identity as the NSA's most famous leaker became public. Snowden predicted how the documents he divulged would be received by Washington officialdom: "I think the government's going to launch an investigation. I think they're going to say I committed grave crimes, [that] I violated the Espionage Act. They're going to say I aided our enemies." Which is exactly what happened.

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