Russia: Snowden Can Stay 3 More Years

Moscow OKs NSA leaker's request to extend his stay
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2014 6:12 AM CDT
Edward Snowden, in a file photo from June 2013.   (AP Photo/The Guardian, File)

(Newser) – Russia, which is currently less than thrilled with the United States, today extended Edward Snowden's stay on its soil by another three years. Snowden's one-year asylum ran out late last week, and as the AP notes, Snowden's lawyer clarifies that he's been granted residency, not political asylum. Asylum would be decided in a separate proceeding, and it's not clear whether Snowden is seeking it. The three-year residency gives him the freedom to travel abroad, adds the BBC. (Meanwhile, is there a new Snowden in our midst?)

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