One By One, Countries Deny NSA Leaker Asylum

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National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is beginning to feel the long reach of the U.S. government.

Tuesday marks his 10th day hiding out in a Moscow airport and it appears that he's got nowhere to go. One by one, countries around the world are heeding the U.S. warning not to get involved.

Over the weekend, Snowden applied for asylum in Russia. But on Tuesday, he reportedly withdrew that request when he learned of President Vladimir Putin's terms:

"He must stop his activities aimed at inflicting damage to our American partners, no matter how strange it may sound on my lips," Putin said.

The United States and Russia don't have an extradition treaty, but President Obama said high level talks are continuing.

"Mr. Snowden, we understand, has traveled there without a valid passport, without legal papers and we are hopeful that the Russian government makes decisions based on the normal procedures regarding international travel and the normal interactions that law enforcement have," Obama said.

Putin, however, doesn't seem to be on the same page, saying he has no plans to turn Snowden over to the United States.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks said Snowden's requests for asylum from several other countries have recently been denied. And Ecuador, his original destination, is beginning to distance itself, giving mixed signals about whether it will shelter him.

In a statement attributed to Snowden on the WikiLeaks website he blasted the Obama administration.

"Although I am convicted of nothing, [the United States] has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person, without any judicial order," Snowden charged.

"The administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right -- a right that belongs to everybody -- the right to seek asylum," he said.

Over the weekend Snowden leaked that the United States has been eavesdropping on European Union offices in Washington and New York.

The president said if he wants to know what U.S. allies are doing he'll simply ask them. But European leaders are now demanding answers.

"Eavesdropping on friends is unacceptable," German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters. "We're not in the Cold War anymore."

Obama said Monday the United States would provide allies with information about new reports that the NSA had bugged EU offices. But he also suggested such activity by governments would hardly be unusual.

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