Edward Snowden, the American former NSA contractor and whistleblower who leaked details of top-secret US and British government surveillance programs to the press, has applied for political asylum in Poland, according to Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski. However, Poland is likely to deny the request, Mr Sikorski said.
“We have received an asylum application which does not fulfill the formal requirements. But even if it did, I would not give a positive recommendation,” Mr Sikorski wrote on Twitter on Monday morning.
According to Wikileaks, Mr Snowden has also applied for asylum to several other countries, including Bolivia, China, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Russia and Venezuela.
In June, The Guardian published a series of articles based on Mr Snowden's disclosures revealing the functioning of a variety of classified intelligence programs, which intercepted US and European telephone data and monitored the internet.
Mr Snowden said the leaks were an effort “to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.”
On June 14, US federal prosecutors charged Mr Snowden with theft of government property and espionage. The US now wants Mr Snowden, who is believed to be in a Moscow airport, to be extradited to America to face charges.
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