India rejects Snowden's request for political asylum

India has rejected Edward Snowden’s request for political asylum.

Snowden has appealed to 21 countries, including Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Spain, Swiss Confederation and Venezuela, according to a statement by Wikileaks. However, seven European countries said the requests were invalid.

Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that “following careful examination, we have concluded that we see no reason to accede to Snowden's request”.

According to Snowden’s leaks, the Indian Embassy in the US in one of 38 diplomatic missions being spied on by American intelligence agencies.