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No asylum for Snowden, Brazilian president says

Dec. 18, 2013 at 3:12 PM

BRASILIA, Brazil, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Brazil will not grant former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's request for asylum, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Wednesday.

Snowden -- who is living in Russia under temporary asylum after releasing secret NSA documents -- offered in a letter published Tuesday in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo to collaborate with a Brazilian government investigation of an NSA surveillance program, in return for asylum in Brazil.

Rouseff said Wednesday the letter is not a formal application for asylum, nor was it addressed to the Brazilian government.

She added her administration would not respond to requests made through intermediaries of a person who "does not make clear" what he seeks.

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