7 European Countries Turn Down SnowdenWorld | July 2, 2013, Tuesday // 17:39| views
Snowden, who is at Moscow airport, sent requests to 21 countries in total, Wikileaks said, but he later withdrew a request to Russia. Photo by EPA/BGNES
Seven European countries have rejected the asylum requests of fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, as he attempts to avoid extradition to the US.
Austria, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Spain and Switzerland said the request was invalid because it was not made from their own territory.
"Delivering an application for asylum from abroad is in principle not allowed," Norwegian Deputy Justice Secretary Paal Loenseth told the country's state TV.
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslav Sikorski said the asylum request "does not meet the requirements for a formal application for asylum".
"Even if it did, I would not give a positive recommendation," he tweeted.
India and Brazil have also said no.
Snowden, who is at Moscow airport, sent requests to 21 countries in total, Wikileaks said, but he later withdrew a request to Russia.
The former intelligence systems analyst is wanted by the US on charges of leaking secrets.
He accuses US President Barack Obama of putting pressure on the countries to which he has applied for asylum.
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