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MOSCOW, July 8 (Itar-Tass) - The officials of the Nicaraguan diplomatic mission in Russia have sent Snowden’s letter to the Nicaraguan president with a request for political asylum, Nicaraguan Ambassador in Moscow Luis Alberto Molina told Itar-Tass on Monday.
“We received a letter from Snowden. We sent it to Nicaragua so that the president will consider it,” the high-ranking diplomat confirmed.
In reply to the question whether any contacts between the officials of the embassy with Snowden are planned soon, Luis Alberto Molina said that they “are not expected yet.”
Edward Snowden, 30, is the former CIA agent who has worked recently on contract at the National Security Agency and was engaged in electronic intelligence. Fleeing from the United States, he leaked the classified spying programs, which this agency is implementing in America and all over the world. This stirred up a sweeping scandal that continues to gain momentum. Snowden went to Hong Kong from U.S. and flied to Moscow from there to go from the Russian capital to another country, which would grant a political asylum to him, but failed to leave the airport so far. According to diplomatic sources, he is staying in the transit zone at the Sheremetyevo airport.