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Fugitive U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden has an offer of political asylum from Venezuela – – if only he can get there.

The hard part for Snowden will be finding a route to freedom from Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, where he arrived on June 23. The U.S. has pressured allies to deny airspace rights for any plane carrying the fugitive, who faces espionage charges for revealing classified American telephone and Internet surveillance initiatives.

The U.S. is openly lobbying other nations not to let the former employee of government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. (BAH) escape.

“I don’t think there’s any secret that we would like to see him returned,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said during a news conference July 8. “We’ve communicated that publicly and privately to any area where he may be stopping in transit, any area where he could possibly end up.”

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