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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 5:24pm

There's more fallout this evening as a result of outrage over the U.S. surveillance tactics.

Russia says it won't hand Edward Snowden over to U.S. authorities, and European leaders are demanding an explanation to reports the u-s has been spying on its allies.

After spending days stuck in legal limbo inside a Moscow airport, Snowden is seeking asylum in the country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Snowden can stay if he stops sharing U.S. secrets.

From Tanzania President Obama said he's still hopeful Russia will hand over the former National Security Agency contractor.

"There have been high level discussions with Russian officials about trying to find a solution to problem," Mr. Obama said.

Snowden's latest leaks complicated the President's trip to Africa.

While trying to build relationships there, Obama also had to focus on keeping friends in Europe.

Over the weekend a German magazine cited Snowden and accused the National Security Agency of spying on European Union embassies in Washington, New York, and Brussels.

"The Europeans are some of the closest allies in the world and we work with them on everything," Mr. Obama said.

European leaders warned the revelations could hurt efforts for a transatlantic free trade zone.

"This is not the basis to build mutual trust, this is a contribution to build mutual mistrust," European Parliament President Martin Schultz said.

During a diplomatic summit in Asia, Secretary of State John Kerry pushed back.

"All i know is that that is not unusual for lots of nations," said the Secretary of State.

Security expert John Pike believes the latest leak will blow over.

"All of these countries, all of these international organizations know that spies are in the business of stealing secrets, they have their own security agencies that do the same thing," Pike of Global Security.org said.

Pike says the real question is what Snowden has yet to release.

Snowden is charged with violating U.S. espionage laws.

The U.S. has warned that any country granting him asylum will face serious consequences.

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