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MOSCOW, July 12 (Itar-Tass) - The meeting between human rights activists and former CIA technical contractor Edward Snowden has ended in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo airport.
The participants in the meeting have faced journalists to answer their questions.
Edward Snowden has really requested political asylum and has asked the human rights experts to support his request, lawyer Henry Reznik said after the meeting.
State Duma member Vyacheslav Nikonov told journalists after the meeting that Snowden is not intending to cause any further damage to the US.
"Snowden believes that he is being persecuted for political reasons. He agreed to accept the offer from any country that has offered him political asylum" the deputy said. The MP added that he has asked Snowden whether he is ready to fulfill the condition of the President of the Russian Federation /cease activities against the United States/. He said: "It's not hard for me to carry it out." "He said, 'I've said all I knew and I will not harm the United States in the future" commented Nikonov.
Snowden does not rule out that he may move to live in a Latin American country but says that he will seek temporary asylum in Russia. For that, he is ready to give up his activities,” Sergei Nikitin, the head of Amnesty International Moscow office told Itar-Tass after a meeting with the former CIA employee."First, he said that he was dissatisfied with European countries after the Bolivian president’s plane had been inspected. He wants to seek political asylum, at least a temporary shelter, in Russia. But his further actions are unclear,” Nikitin said. "Snowden said he might move to a Latin American country,” Nikitin went on to say.“However, he needs papers to leave the territory of Sheremetyevo airport,” Nikitin explained.