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Snowden says Biden warned countries not to grant him asylum

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is interviewed on MSNBC's "11th Hour."
A screenshot of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on MSNBC's "The 11th Hour with Brian Williams," Sept. 16.

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden told MSNBC's "'The 11th Hour with Brian Williams Monday that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden warned countries in 2013 there would be "consequences" if they granted him asylum.

What he's saying: Snowden told MSNBC's Brian Williams from Russia that he applied for asylum in 27 different countries. "[E]very time one of these governments got close to opening their doors, the phone would ring in their foreign ministries and on the other end of the line would be a very senior American official," he said.

OPEC faces a "daunting" price balance challenge despite alliance with Russia

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

If you want evidence that new Saudi Oil Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman faces a challenging job heading OPEC's top producer, the International Energy Agency's latest outlook this morning isn't a bad place to start.

Why it matters: The Saudis want a tighter market and higher prices to support domestic spending. More broadly, the report signals the ongoing difficulty OPEC faces influencing the market despite the 3-year-old alliance with Russia