POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 8:03am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — All eyes on Russia this morning as Secretary of State John Kerry tries to convince Russia to release whistleblower Edward Snowden.
But Russia's president has said he has absolutely no intention of letting him go - quite the opposite. They've offered him an invitation to stay, as long as he stops talking.
While you were sleeping Secretary of State Kerry sat down with Russia's foreign minister. They were supposed to be talking about Syria, with Edward Snowden just miles away stuck in Moscow's airport.
But no clue on whether the U.S. and Russia have agreed on how to deal with Edward Snowden who is still stuck at Moscow's airport for over a week now.
Russia's president says they will not send him back to the U.S. - that Snowden can stay in Russia as long as he stops leaking secrets.
And new overnight, Wikileaks reports that Snowden applied for asylum in 19 countries including Brazil, India, most of Europe and Russia. "I don't know that he's gonna find a place to go. I think the Americans have basically told any country that if they take this guy in they're gonna be in for a world of hurt." John Pike/ Globalsecurity.org
That's exactly what Snowden accuses the president of in his latest statement on Wikileaks' website.
President Obama, who is still in Africa is busy explaining the latest leak, alleging the U.S. spied on its European allies. Every spy agency does that. "I guarantee you that in European capitals, there are people who are interested in, if not what I had for breakfast, at least what my talking points might be should I end up meeting with their leaders." President Barack Obama
But the allies aren't satisfied. France, Germany and the European Union are demanding answers.