NEW DELHI: India said Tuesday that it had refused an asylum request from fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, joining Poland in publicly rebuffing him as he seeks an exit from a Moscow airport.

“Our embassy in Moscow did receive a communication dated 30 June from Mr Edward Snowden. That communication did contain a request for asylum,” foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told AFP.

“We have carefully examined the request. Following that examination we have concluded that we see no reason to accede to the request,” he added.

Transparency campaign group Wikileaks said Monday that Snowden had submitted asylum requests to 21 nations including India, Russia, China and Brazil as well as his preferred destinations Ecuador and Iceland.

The Kremlin announced Tuesday that he had abandoned his bid to stay in Russia after learning of demands from President Putin that he stop leaking intelligence reports.

Snowden, whose passport has been revoked by the US, has been holed up and in legal limbo in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport for more than a week trying to find a safe haven.

Elsewhere in Asia, a spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry Hua Chunying said Beijing had been “following the developments” but declined to comment further.

“I've seen some reports of his petition for political asylum in some countries but I have no information about that,” Hua said.

The US wants Snowden, who has leaked information about the National Security Agency's vast Internet and phone surveillance programmes, extradited so he can be put on trial.

India, which has moved closer to the United States since signing a landmark nuclear power pact in 2008, has also defended Washington's surveillance programmes.

“Some of the information they got out of their scrutiny, they were able to use it to prevent serious terrorist attacks in several countries,” Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters in Brunei in a broadcast interview.

“This is not scrutiny and access to actual messages. It is only computer analysis of patterns of calls and emails that are being sent... it is not actually snooping on the content of anyone's messages or conversations,” he added.

Norway, Austria and Poland were among the first to confirm they had received asylum requests from Snowden. Warsaw immediately rejected the request.

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Shehryar
July 2, 2013 5:25 pm

HAHAHAHA.................awesome...........INDIA rejecting asylum application...........did a favour to Snowden......................

if he really wants to live in India, he should have contacted Karzai,,,,,,,DON Karzai wud get him an apartment in Prakash Vir Shastri Avenue....

Naveen
July 2, 2013 5:38 pm

A wise decision by the Government. Reminds me of Iltutmish's refusal to grant asylum to Jalal ad-din Mingburnu and in the process saving Delhi from being run over by then superpower Mongols under Genghiz Khan. We may like it or not, America is World's sole superpower and has not been an overt enemy of India (particular when it comes to India's neighbor China ),for quite some time now. No point we make an enemy out of US over a minor issue.

Shai
July 2, 2013 6:41 pm

Pakistan should allow him.

a
July 2, 2013 7:00 pm

Not surprised at all. India is the slave of the US.

Feroz Khan
July 2, 2013 7:42 pm

Mere fear of US is dissuading India in offering assylum to Snowden. This is quite shameful. India is the largest democracy and it must lead the world in upkeeping human rights and free speech. Snowden requested India as he thought that he might get a relief from a country which professes high democratic principles. Alas ! a great opportunity is lost.

anil
July 2, 2013 8:13 pm

“This is not scrutiny and access to actual messages. It is only computer analysis of patterns of calls and emails that are being sent... it is not actually snooping on the content of anyone's messages or conversations,”---I didn't know that Mr.Salman possess such a vast knowledge in the field of computer and hacking . Must be a gov official of Computer dept or any American officer had requested him to say these words . Because you don't have time to come out of your political things , how can you think about country's sovereignty and security ?

iftekhar hussain
July 2, 2013 8:30 pm

Who is NOT afraid of Virginia Wolf?

Mustafa
July 2, 2013 9:03 pm

Mr. Snowden doesn't understand much about world politics. A Baniya won't pick a fight with America, that too in which no money is to be made.

Pankaj Patel
July 2, 2013 10:38 pm

Wise decision by Salman Khurshid.US provided useful information about terrorist attacks on Mumbai and that was not possible without spying.This is a US internal problem and we have to live with this intrusion of of our privacy under present situation we like it or not. Edward Snowden is our fugitive and not a freedom fighter,no body needs to run from USA he can ask for justice and we provide it,we are a lawful society.

Ajay Vikram Singh
July 3, 2013 12:50 am

We indians appreciate everything but a traitor to his motherland.

Darbullah
July 3, 2013 8:07 am

Wondering why he didn't ask Pakistan for Asylum?

anil
July 3, 2013 12:39 pm

Our leaders like Chanakya has said "straight trees are cut first , then others" . No need to be so ideal , need to be political . After all why should we make our big brother angry without any reason ?

baniya
July 3, 2013 5:49 pm

@Mustafa: Baniya atleast makes a living working hard through the day and is not out with begging bowl. As if you guys are all saints and not materialistic? One Hina Rabbani is enough to show the world how much you guys spend on frivolous trivial matters. Might be because its easy hand-out money?

John Vicks
July 3, 2013 7:53 pm

@Mustafa: Please refrain from making such comments about a community. This enables others to comment about your community. And where does it stop ? First they will drag you, then your Islam and then come to Prophet and Quran...So better dont unnecessarily target the whole community or nation. There are good and evil parts of every society. Hope you get the message (I would be surprised if you do, but do I care?)

John Vicks
July 3, 2013 7:54 pm

@Mustafa: Please refrain from making such comments about a community. This enables others to comment about your community. And where does it stop ? First they will drag you, then your Islam and then come to Prophet and Quran...So better dont unnecessarily target the whole community or nation. There are good and evil parts of every society. Hope you get the message (I would be surprised if you do, but do I care?)

John Vicks
July 3, 2013 7:58 pm

@Shehryar: Your knowledge about India is amazing !!

someone
July 3, 2013 11:33 pm

@Mustafa: But a Baniya will pick a fight if his house is bombed every day. Can you say that about yourself? But then submission is by nature for your ilk.

israr
July 4, 2013 9:36 am

@Shai: The one already suffering & depending on us aid cant stop drone attacks on its territory its look like a good joke to give assylum to the wise man

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