“I can confirm that earlier today our Embassy in Moscow did receive a communication dated 30 June from Mr Edward Snowden. That communication did contain a request for asylum.
We have carefully examined the request. Following that examination we have concluded that we see no reason to accede to the request,” spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said here.
Snowden, a US former technical contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who leaked details of top-secret American mass surveillance programs, is currently in Russia.