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Snowden faces asylum hurdles in Europe

Associated Press
FILE - This June 23, 2013 file photo shows a TV screen shows a news report of Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, at a shopping mall in Hong Kong. President Barack Obama brushed aside sharp European criticism on Monday, suggesting all nations spy on each other, as the French and Germans expressed outrage over alleged U.S. eavesdropping on European Union diplomats. American analyst-turned-leaker Edward Snowden, believed to be stranded for the past week at Moscow’s international airport, applied for political asylum to remain in Russia. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has rejected NSA leaker Edward Snowden's asylum request, while officials in Germany, Norway, Austria and Switzerland say that he cannot apply for asylum from abroad.

The anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks says Snowden, who is believed to be at a transit area of a Russian airport, has asked for asylum in 21 countries including 13 in Europe. Many European countries require an asylum request to be made on their soil.

Poland's Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said Tuesday that Snowden has made a request for an asylum in Poland, but the request has faults and was rejected. He did not elaborate.

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