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Last updated at 11:29 BST, Monday, 15 July 2013

Edward Snowden still in transit

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12 July 2013

Edward Snowden, the man who leaked information about US intelligence, is expected to meet with human rights groups in Moscow today. The former CIA contractor is wanted by the US on charges of giving away secrets about US spying schemes.

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Steven Rosenberg

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Edward Snowden is believed to be currently staying at a Moscow airport

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He's been stuck in the transit zone of Moscow airport for nearly three weeks - unable to enter Russia or to fly out. Now it appears that Edward Snowden has called a meeting at the airport to discuss his predicament.

Among those he has reportedly emailed invitations to are representatives of human rights organisations and prominent Russian lawyers. In one email, allegedly from Mr Snowden, which has been made public by the group Human Rights Watch, the 30-year-old American complained that the US government was waging an "unlawful campaign" to prevent him from securing asylum.

The head of the press office at Sheremetevo airport confirmed a meeting would take place in the transit area. It's scheduled for 5 o'clock this afternoon Moscow time.

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Vocabulary

transit zone

part of an international airport where passengers wait for their flight to another country

predicament

difficult situation

representatives

people who speak or make decisions for an organisation

human rights organisations

groups of people who fight for basic rights and freedom of speech for everyone

prominent

important and well known

waging

starting and continuing a fight

unlawful

illegal; against the law

asylum

the right to live in another country in order to live safely

the press office

the department in an organisation that deals with journalists

scheduled

planned to happen at a fixed time

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