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Snowden seeks temporary asylum in Russia: Twitter post

Passengers watch news footage of Edward Snowden before getting aboard a Star Ferry to cross Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour July 12, 2013. REUT
Passengers watch news footage of Edward Snowden before getting aboard a Star Ferry to cross Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour July 12, 2013. REUT

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is seeking temporary asylum in Russia and plans to go to Latin America eventually, an organization endorsed by anti-secrecy group Wikileaks said on Twitter on Friday.

Wikileaks Press posted the tweet as Snowden met human rights activists at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and cited a representative of Human Rights watch who attended the meeting.

Separately, a Russian official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed Snowden would apply for asylum in Russia.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Thomas Grove)

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