Snowden Could Walk Moscow Streets by Wednesday

He's hoping to be allowed to leave Moscow airport by then: lawyer
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2013 12:00 PM CDT
This image provided by Human Rights Watch shows NSA leaker, Edward Snowden looking down during a press conference at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, Friday, July 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Human Rights Watch, Tanya Lokshina)
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(Newser) – After a month-long layover from hell in Sheremetyevo Airport's transit area, Edward Snowden may finally be able to leave and head into Moscow on Wednesday. The NSA leaker should receive the initial response to his temporary asylum request by then, and that will allow him to exit the Moscow airport, according to his Russian lawyer. The request will take as long as three months to fully process, Reuters reports. Snowden's lawyer also says Snowden hasn't ruled out a bid for Russian citizenship, and adds that he's concerned about trying to get to one of the Latin American countries that have offered him asylum, due to US efforts to extradite him. There are no direct commercial flights from Moscow to Venezuela, Bolivia, or Nicaragua. (Read more NSA phone records stories.)

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