TODAY   |  July 12, 2013

Edward Snowden may accept asylum in Russia

The NSA leaker is reportedly planning to meet with human rights groups in Moscow today, and there is a possibility he may accept asylum there, despite withdrawing his petition after Putin said he would be required to stop sharing secrets. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

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>>> breaking news tied to the search for edward snowden . he is out with a new statement this morning and could show his face for the first time since leaving hong kong three weeks ago. let's get to michelle kosinski . she is in london following these details. good morning.

>> reporter: right now former nsa contractor edward snowden that's been at amos cow airport for the last three weeks is about to meet with human rights groups there and it's possible according to the associated press and information coming out of there that snowden may accept asylum in russia even though he had withdrawn his request after president putin said he would have to stop leaking information that would hurt american partners. it's been a question of how he would leave russia whether other nations would let him through their air space . in a statement he released today snowden said i have been extremely fortunate to enjoy and accept many offers of support and asylum from brave countries around the world. unfortunately in recent weeks we have witnessed an unlawful campaign by officials in the u.s. government to deny my right to seek and enjoy this asylum. the scale of threatening behavior is without precedent.

>> it appears there will be announcement and news coming out of this moscow meeting today but in russia does grant snowden asylum that will add one more uncomfortable incident to relations between it and the u.s. savannah.

>>> michelle kosinski , thank you so