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Edward Snowden’s bid for asylum unclear

Russia says NSA leaker has not made a request

MOSCOW — Senior Kremlin officials said Saturday that Russia’s Federal Migration Service had not yet received a formal appeal for asylum from Edward J. Snowden, and Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, insisted that the government had had no contact with him.

It was curious statement, given the government’s clear role in arranging a meeting at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow on Friday between Snowden, lawyers, and human rights advocates.

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