Official: Snowden wants Russian asylum

Posted at 2:17 PM, Jul 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-12 14:17:00-04

MOSCOW (AP) — He's willing to make a deal, in order to stay in Russia.

According to a member of the Russian parliament who met today with NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the American wants asylum in Russia -- and is willing to stop sharing information if he gets to stay. That was a condition that has been set by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But it's not clear whether Russia will be willing to grant Snowden's request.

He met today with a dozen activists and officials at the airport where he's been marooned for weeks.

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.