The head of the Russian parliament’s foreign affairs committee says Edward Snowden has accepted Venezuela’s offer of political asylum.
Alexei Pushkov made the statement on his Twitter account Tuesday. The message did not clarify how he learned of Snowden’s purported acceptance, but Pushkov has acted as an unofficial point-man for the Kremlin on the Snowden affair.
However, the tweet appears to have been deleted from his Twitter feed shortly after it was posted.
Pushkov could not immediately be reached for comment. A Russian Foreign Ministry official declined immediate comment.
via The Globe and Mail.
Информация, что Сноуден принял предложение об убежище от Мадуро пришла из 18-часового выпуска "Вести 24". По всем вопросам обращаться к ним
— Алексей Пушков (@Alexey_Pushkov) July 9, 2013
“Information about Snowden accepting Maduro’s offer of asylum comes from [Russian TV channel] Vesti 24 newscast at 18:00. Contact them for all questions”