Snowden seeks political asylum in Norway

The former US spy agency contractor has reportedly asked for political asylum in several countries.

Snowden has withdrawn a request for political asylum in Russia after President Vladimir Putin said he should stop "harming our American partners". Picture: AFP

OSLO/ MOSCOW - Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Norway, the Norwegian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

"I can confirm that. We have received an asylum application by fax to our embassy in Moscow late yesterday afternoon," said foreign ministry spokesman Frode Andersen.

"It is probably from him and it is allegedly signed by him, but we have no way of checking that," he said.

The spokesman declined to give details about the content of the letter or from where the fax was sent.

Meanwhile, Snowden has withdrawn a request for political asylum in Russia after President Vladimir Putin said he should stop "harming our American partners", the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said Snowden was in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and had not crossed through passport control onto Russian territory.