Edward Snowden still in transit

Edward Snowden, Reuters
Image caption Edward Snowden is believed to be currently staying at a Moscow airport.

Edward Snowden, the man who leaked information about US intelligence, is expected to meet with human rights groups in Moscow today.

The former CIA contractor is wanted by the US on charges of giving away secrets about US spying schemes.

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Steven Rosenberg

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He's been stuck in the transit zone of Moscow airport for nearly three weeks - unable to enter Russia or to fly out. Now it appears that Edward Snowden has called a meeting at the airport to discuss his predicament.

Among those he has reportedly emailed invitations to are representatives of human rights organisations and prominent Russian lawyers. In one email, allegedly from Mr Snowden, which has been made public by the group Human Rights Watch, the 30-year-old American complained that the US government was waging an "unlawful campaign" to prevent him from securing asylum.

The head of the press office at Sheremetevo airport confirmed a meeting would take place in the transit area. It's scheduled for 5 o'clock this afternoon Moscow time.

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transit zone: daerah transit, bagian di bandara tempat para penumpang menunggu penerbangan berikutnya

predicament: keadaan sulit

representatives: perwakilan

human rights organisations:organisasi yang memperjuangkan hak asasi manusia

prominent: terkemuka

waging: melancarkan

unlawful: melanggar hukum

asylum: suaka

press office: kantor pers, bagian humas

scheduled: dijadwalkan

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