July 2, 2013 / 12:52 PM / 7 years ago

Brazil rejects Snowden asylum request - foreign ministry

Activists from the Internet Party of Ukraine perform during a rally supporting Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), in front of U.S. embassy, in Kiev June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil will not grant asylum to former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, adding that it will leave the request unanswered.

The rejection makes Brazil the latest in a flurry of countries that have spurned asylum requests from Snowden, who is wanted in the United States for leaking information about secret U.S. electronic surveillance programs. (Reporting by Alonso Soto; Writing by Todd Benson; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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