Civil Liberties

WikiLeaks: Snowden Hasn't Yet Accepted Asylum in Venezuela

Earlier reports premature


WikiLeaks says its fellow secret-spiller, Edward Snowden, hasn't yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela.

Earlier today, a prominent Russian lawmaker tweeted that Snowden had, in fact, accepted that offer—but the posting was deleted a few minutes later. The lawmaker later said his claim was based on a report from an all-news TV station. But the station says the lawmaker misunderstood its report last night, and that it hasn't reported that Snowden has agreed to go to Venezuela.

Snowden has applied for asylum in a number of countries, and it's not clear just how easy it would be for him to travel to South America from Moscow, where he's still believed to be holed up in the airport.