Snowden applies for asylum in Russia - source

Former US spy agency contractor applied for political asylum.

US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Picture: AFP

MOSCOW - Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Russia, a Russian immigration source close to the matter said on Monday.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a Wikileaks activist who is travelling with Snowden handed his application to a Russian consulate in the transit area at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport late on Sunday.