India turns down Edward Snowden's asylum request

"I can confirm that earlier today our embassy in Moscow did receive a communication dated June 30 from Mr Edward Snowden. That communication did contain a request for asylum," said India's external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

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Edward Snowden, who is wanted in the US on spying charges. Pics/AFP

"We have carefully examined the request. Following that examination, we have concluded that we see no reason to accede to the request," he said.

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