Snowden asylum: AAP condemns Centre

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 03, 2013 14:36 hrs

Social activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday condemned the Centre for rejecting former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor Edward Snowden's request for political asylum in India.

In a statement, the AAP said: "The Aam Aadmi Party condemns these cowardly acts of our government and demands that as a country governed by a constitution which protects civil liberties, and committed to protecting whistleblowers, the government must stand up to the US and offer political asylum to Snowden."

India on Tuesday rejected Snowden´s request for political asylum in the country.

"Indian Embassy in Moscow did receive a request for asylum in a communication dated 30 June from Mr Edward Snowden," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted on Tuesday.

"Following careful examination we have concluded that we see no reason to accede to the Snowden request," he said.

Snowden is wanted in the U.S. for espionage charges.

Earlier in June, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country will not extradite Snowden.

The CIA contractor leaked details of extensive communications surveillance on U.S. and foreign citizens by America´s National Security Agency (NSA).

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Finalnd, Putin said that Snowden has committed no crimes in Russia and is free to travel wherever he likes.

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