Former CIA officer Edward Snowden wanted by the United States for leaking state secrets, asked for asylum in Russia but withdrew his request, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
"He has abandoned this idea and his request for permission to stay in Russia," he told reporters on Tuesday.
Snowden has asked 15 countries to grant him political asylum, Peskov said.
“He has forwarded political asylum requests to 15 countries of the world," he said.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said: "If he wants to stay here, there is one condition: He has to stop his work aimed at damaging our U.S. partners, no matter how strange this sounds coming from me."
Peskov confirmed that Snowden is in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and had not crossed Russia’s state border.
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