Edward Snowden has withdrawn an application for asylum in Russia, apparently deciding that he couldn’t abide by President Vladimir Putin’s insistence that he stop leaking U.S. secrets, a Kremlin spokesman said Tuesday.
“True, Snowden did voice a request [to be allowed] to stay in Russia,” presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “At the same time, having found out yesterday about Russia’s position outlined by President Putin … he rejected his intention and his request to get a chance to stay in Russia.”
The Kremlin spokesman reiterated Putin’s position, announced Monday, that the former U.S.National Security Agency contractor must stop activities “aimed at damaging our American partners” if he wanted to be granted asylum in Russia.
Snowden’s asylum application was also turned down by Brazil on Tuesday, theoretically reducing his list of 15 potential destinations to 13 in a matter of just 24 hours.
15:44 // 1 year ago
John McAfee’s hopes of fighting deportation back to Belize to face questions about the murder of a neighbor faded on Thursday after Guatemala denied a request by the U.S. software pioneer for asylum.
McAfee’s lawyer vowed to block Guatemalan efforts to remove the entrepreneur and said the 67-year-old had suffered two mild heart attacks early on Thursday. McAfee was not taken to a hospital and posted on his blog during the morning hours.
"I don’t think a heart attack prevents one from using one’s blog," said the lawyer, Telesforo Guerra.
The Belizean government continues to insist that John McAfee is not a prime suspect in the murder of Gregory Faull; however, he is still wanted for questioning. An international arrest warrant has not been issued for John McAfee at this time, though he is likely to be turned over to law enforcement officials in Belize if he is deported.
14:50 // 1 year ago