Russian Official Claims Snowden Accepts Venezuela Asylum Offer

A senior Russian official claimed Tuesday on Twitter that NSA leaker Edward Snowden has accepted an offer of asylum from the Venezuela government — though the tweet has since been taken down.

The authenticity of the claim has not been confirmed. But Alexei Pushkov, a top official in Russia’s parliament, initially posted on his Twitter page that Snowden has agreed to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s offer. He said it was apparently the most reliable option for Snowden.

If the claim is true, it’s still unclear how Snowden would arrange for travel to Venezuela. He is thought to still be stuck in the transit zone at the Moscow airport.