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The Boston Globe


Few paths left for Snowden as more countries rebuff him

MOSCOW — Asylum options appeared to narrow further Tuesday for Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor on the run from US authorities, as at least nine countries reacted unfavorably to his requests for sanctuary and the Kremlin said he had withdrawn his application to Russia.

Only Venezuela and Bolivia appeared to offer him a hint of hope for a way out of his limbo inside the international airport transit lounge at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, where he has been ensconced out of public view for nine days.

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