India rejects NSA leaker Snowden’s asylum request

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NEW DELHI— India has rejected NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s request for political asylum, the External Affairs Ministry said Tuesday.

The Indian embassy in Moscow had received a request for asylum from Snowden, ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters.

He said India carefully examined the request and decided to turn it down.

The government has “concluded that we see no reason to accede to that request,” he said.

Earlier Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said India “has a very careful and restrictive policy on asylums.”

“We have given asylums in the past but we are not an open house for asylums since we have a careful and objective policy,” he said in Brunei, where he is attending a regional security forum.

India has not ratified a 1951 international convention on refugees and has no regular procedure for granting asylum to people fleeing persecution.

The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks has said that Snowden has applied to more than 20 countries for asylum, including India and China.

Snowden has been on the run since he exposed highly secret National Security Agency surveillance programs. He is believed to be staying in the transit area of Moscow’s airport since arriving there from Hong Kong on June 23.

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  • opinyonlangpo

    He should have known that US is the most influential country in the world. He is tainted and no one risks US retaliation just because of him. He is not that smart as portrayed in spy stories.

  • Prangka

    Go to North Korea.

    • ReneV

      what a confused person! he publicly condemned a so called devil but then embraced lucifer. this american traitor gave 4 laptops worth of info to both china and russia and all for the reason of freedom! what is freedom in russia and china?

    • linobog

      More… somalia, syria, afghanistan, egypt, iran

  • fache

    Let him rot in Russia!!

  • batangpaslit

    Mr Snowden must be prepared to die for his cause. Working with the intelligence service means, he is engage in warfare.
    For accepting that job, and for taking a course that he deemed right, he must be willing and ready to die for his action and belief.

  • Crazy_horse101010

    for the rest of his life he will be looking over his shoulder wondering who is there

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