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Russia Considering Asylum For Edward Snowden?

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With concern mounting about whether NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, will be extradited after taking refuge in Hong Kong, it sounds as though Russia would consider taking him in. Snowden has previously said he wanted "to seek asylum in a country with shared values."

Although Snowden has not made any requests for asylum, Russia is apparently thinking about the possibility. While speaking to the Russian newspaper Kommersant, Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin's spokesman, said: "If such an appeal is given, it will be considered. We'll act according to facts."

Russia is not exactly known for supporting human rights and free speech, but the country has been known to support critics of the United States, The Huffington Post reported.

After many began speculating that Snowden would be brought back to the United States because of a treaty with the government of Hong Kong, the ex-CIA employee is believed to have checked out of the hotel where he was staying on Monday. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Back in the United States, some are calling for Snowden to be pardoned as a national hero.

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Guardian