July 9, 2013 / 6:31 PM / 4 years ago

Snowden has not yet accepted asylum in Venezuela - WikiLeaks

A car drives past the embassy of Venezuela in Moscow, July 9, 2013.Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said on Tuesday after a Russian lawmaker posted a statement to that effect on Twitter and then deleted it.

WikiLeaks, on its own Twitter feed, said that states involved in a decision on an asylum destination for Snowden, who is believed to be holed up at a Moscow airport, "will make the announcement if and when the appropriate time comes".

Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Michael Roddy

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