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Snowden accusing Obama of denying him his right to asylum

Published:Tuesday | July 2, 2013 | 8:36 AM

United States intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has accused President Barack Obama of denying him his right to asylum, in a statement published by Wikileaks.



It is his first public announcement since flying to Russia on June 23, where he has applied for asylum.



The former CIA analyst, who is holed up in a Moscow airport hotel, is wanted by the US on charges of espionage.



He says President Obama is putting pressure on the countries from which he has requested political asylum.



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