Snowden wants to stay in Russia, says he will stop leaking

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Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 10:36 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — According to a Russian lawmaker, Edward Snowden wants to stay in Russia.

The parliament member was among a dozen activists and officials who met with Snowden today at Moscow's airport. Snowden, who leaked details about U.S. government surveillance programs, is believed to have been holed up at the airport since he arrived last month from Hong Kong.

The Russian lawmaker says Snowden is willing to stop sharing information in exchange for asylum in Russia.

He says Snowden appeared nervous, but was apparently in good health during the meeting behind closed doors in the transit zone of the airport.

A photo of Snowden -- attributed to a Human Rights Watch representative who attended the meeting -- has been posted on the Guardian and other websites. It's the first image to appear of Snowden since the newspaper broke the story of widespread U.S. Internet surveillance based on his leaks.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia hasn't yet received a new bid for asylum from Snowden. He said Putin would continue to insist that Snowden stop leaking information.

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APPHOTO MOSB113: Russian lawmaker Vyacheslav Nikonov, second left, speaks to the media after meeting NSA leader Edward Snowden at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 12, 2013. Snowden wants asylum in Russia and is willing to stop sharing information as a trade-off for such a deal, according to a Parliament member who was among a dozen activists and officials to meet with him Friday. From left, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, Vyacheslav Nikonov, lawyer Genri Reznik, member of the Russian public chamber Olga Kostina, Russia's presidential human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) (12 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO LON817: This image provided by Human Rights Watch shows NSA leaker Edward Snowden at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, Friday, July 12, 2013. Snowden wants to seek asylum in Russia, according to a Parliament member who was among about a dozen activists and officials to meet with him Friday in the Moscow airport where he's been marooned for weeks. Duma member Vyacheslav Nikonov told reporters of Snowden's intentions after the meeting behind closed doors in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. (AP Photo/Human Rights Watch, Tanya Lokshina) (12 Jul 2013)

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