Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency contractor, has applied for asylum in 19 more countries in a bid to end his legal and diplomatic limbo in Moscow's Sheremetevo airport.
WikiLeaks, the whistleblower organisation which has been advising Mr Snowden, said it had handed the asylum requests to a Russian official to give to the different embassies in Moscow.
The countries include China, Brazil, India, Russia and Venezuela, in addition to European nations including France, Germany, Italy and Norway. Mr Snowden had previously applied to Ecuador and Iceland.
The number of requests reflects the growing difficulties Mr Snowden faces in his attempts to evade prosecution in the US for leaking top secret documents about surveillance activities.
When he left Hong Kong 10 days ago, Mr Snowden appeared to be heading to Ecuador. But the country's president Rafael Correa said on Monday that it was no longer considering his request. "It was a mistake on our part" to have helped him travel to Russia, Mr Correa said in an interview with the Guardian.
Earlier in the day, Russian officials acknowledged that Mr Snowden had applied for asylum in Moscow. Kim Shevchenko, an employee at the airport's consular department, told the FT he had been visited on Sunday evening by Sarah Harrison, a lawyer for WikiLeaks who is travelling with Mr Snowden.
Mr Snowden's Russian asylum application came as President Vladimir Putin appeared to warm to the idea of the fugitive staying in the country on condition that he halted his revelations on US surveillance operations.
"If he wants to stay here, there is one condition: he has to stop his work aimed at damaging our US partners, no matter how strange this sounds coming from me," Mr Putin said on Monday.