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      Edward Snowden accepts Venezuela's asylum offer, Russian official says

      Photo: The Guardian/Associated Press

      MOSCOW (AP) - NSA leaker Edward Snowden accepted Venezuela's offer of political asylum, according to a posting Tuesday on the Twitter account of a Russian lawmaker with close ties to the Kremlin. However, the tweet disappeared a few minutes later.

      It was not possible to immediately reach Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian parliament's foreign affairs committee who has acted as an unofficial point-man for the Kremlin on the Snowden affair.

      The purported NSA leaker had been seeking asylum from dozens of countries around the world. Most recently, both Venezuela and Nicaragua offered Snowden asylum. He also reportedly tried to flee to Ecuador.

      Snowden, who revealed details of a U.S. intelligence program to monitor Internet activity, came to Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on June 23 and was believed to be headed for Cuba. But he did not board that flight and has not been seen since. He is widely believed to be still in the airport's transit zone.