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Snowden To Meet With Activists, Issue New Statement

"NSA leaker" Edward Snowden is set to meet Friday at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport with representatives of Russian and international human rights organizations, Russia's RIA Novosti is reporting.

Afterward, he'll reportedly issue or make a statement.

USA Today adds that Transparency International, a global corruption watchdog, is among the organizations expected to be there. It "confirmed to USA Today that the group received an invitation from Snowden, in which he says that as someone who openly advocates human rights he wanted to meet with activists."

Snowden, who is wanted for prosecution in the U.S. over the secrets he spilled to The Guardian and The Washington Post about National Security Agency surveillance programs, has been living in legal limbo at the airport since he arrived there from Hong Kong on June 23. Snowden has reportedly been in the airport's transit zone since then. He's seeking asylum in another country.

Among the most likely places he could end up: Boliva, Nicaragua or Venezuela. As we reported Thursday, many are watching closely (and jumping at any and all rumors) to see where he ends up.

Snowden's meeting with the groups is reportedly going to happen in the late afternoon, local time — around 9 a.m. ET. We'll watch for news from it.

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