Moscow, 14 July
US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden today marked three weeks stuck in a Moscow airport transit lounge, as a supporter warned the fugitive possessed even more secrets that could damage the US government.
Mr Snowden, wanted by the United States for revealing sensational details of its vast spying operations, flew into Russia from Hong Kong on 23 June and has since languished in the transit zone of the capital’s Sheremetyevo airport.
Breaking cover for the first time since he arrived, Mr Snowden, who has no valid travel documents, told a group of human rights activists at the airport on Friday that he was applying for asylum in Russia until he could legally travel on to Latin America.
But Russian officials have yet to confirm receiving such an application which, if approved, would risk further straining Moscow’s already tense relations with Washington.
Meanwhile, the Guardian newspaper journalist
who first published Mr Snowden’s revelations about the sweeping US surveillance programmes said Mr Snowden possesses data that could prove far more “damaging” to the US government.
Glenn Greenwald told Argentina’s La Nacion paper that the 30-year-old had chosen not to release this information.
“Mr Snowden has enough information to cause more damage to the US government in a minute alone than anyone else has ever had in the history of the United States,” Greenwald told the paper. “But that’s not his goal.”