Washington: Rejecting allegations of political vendetta, the US has said that Edward Snowden is rightfully charged by its courts for espionage and leaking classified information, and Washington is making diplomatic efforts to ensure he is brought back to face those charges.
    
"Snowden has been lawfully charged in US courts. As routine matter, persons with felony arrest warrants are subject to have their passport revoked. He remains a US citizen. We welcome him back to the US to face the charges against him, in accordance with due process and US law," the State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, said at her daily news conference.
    
A day earlier, Snowden had sought asylum in as many as 21 countries including India, Russia, Germany and China.
    
India, Brazil and Poland are the three countries which have rejected his request, while many others are either reluctant or have put conditions, prompting analyst to conclude that he is running out of options.
    
"I'm not going to get into a list or specific country-by-country.  We have been in touch, as we have been for several days now, with a broad range of countries that could serve as either transit spots or final destinations," Psaki said.
    
"What we've been communicating is, of course, that Mr Snowden has been accused of leaking classified information. He is somebody that we would like to see returned to the US. We are hopeful that this will happen," she said.
    
The focus is on returning or communicating the reasons why Snowden should be returned to the United States and face charges here, she said.

(Agencies)

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