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As asylum expires, Snowden's expulsion from Russia unlikely

As Asylum Expires, Snowden's Expulsion From Russia Unlikely

It's been a year since Russia granted former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden temporary asylum following his disclosure of classified NSA documents. On Thursday, Snowden's asylum status expired, reviving questions of whether he'll get the boot.

Well, most signs point to no. Snowden has submitted his request to the Russian government for an extension on his asylum.

According to RT, while a decision on that extension could come soon, Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told reporters the former NSA contractor has a job and is studying Russian - some of the conditions for an extension to be granted.

Another member of Snowden's legal team had this to say on an Australian radio program:

From ABC (Australia) / "PM with Mark Colvin": "For now he is in the safest place that he can be, and Russia has indicated that it intends to plan on having him, allowing him to continue to stay."

That was in response to the German justice minister's suggestion that Snowden should return to the U.S. and face prosecution, adding that Snowden probably doesn't want to spend the rest of his life on the run.

Then there's the fact that very little has changed in terms of why Russia took Snowden in and why they decided to keep him over the past year. Journalist Glenn Greenwald explained to MSNBC:

"There's no legal basis to turn him over to the U.S. because the U.S. and the Russians don't have an extradition treaty. ... And secondly, that he faces persecution."

It seems the only way Snowden will return to the U.S. is on his own. Euronews points out Snowden has asked for amnesty from prosecution if he does find himself stateside. In an exclusive interview with NBC, Snowden told Brian Williams that there isn't any question that he'd like to return home.

As it stands now, Snowden faces espionage charges in the U.S., which could lead to prison time. Snowden's Russian attorney says the decision on his asylum extension could be made as soon as this week.

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Practical Nomad August 01 2014 at 1:56 AM

Nice hand written application - LOL. I guess Russia doesn't have an official form for asylum, who'd want to live there? You think citizen's privacy was violated in the USA? Enjoy Russia Edward, limited freedom, privacy, rights. You have no future Edward, zip! The spying you thought was so critical to report has gone on for decades, you announced nothing new, only brought what has happened and will continue to happen to light. RIR Snowden - (Rot in Russia).

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somewhatamazed August 01 2014 at 1:22 AM

As long as Ed is a wanted US Criminal hiding in Russia, Russia will keep him around as a pawn, just because he's an embarrassment to our Country.
It's ironic...Ed claims to have done what he did to expose spying and to support Freedom and Equality...yet he cowers in Russia of all places.

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shomizuba August 01 2014 at 1:00 AM

he should be prosecuted to the fullesst exstent of the existing law. This guy did what he did knowing the consequences and harmed many innocent people by his so called whistle blowing.....
If you don't like it, change the law...

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Rachel August 01 2014 at 2:22 AM

He's made his bed..now he has to lay in it..in RUSSIA!! HAHAHAHA!! No more "Home Sweet Home" for him..

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nhienhle August 01 2014 at 1:26 AM

Snowden, the TRAITOR, knows a lot of American's secrets but there is one secret thing he does not know about Russia...there is NO LIFE there for a guy like him because they see him as a...TRAITOR and CAN NOT BE TRUST.

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calderasf August 01 2014 at 1:18 AM

They can have him Putin's American traitor.

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Wahoo August 01 2014 at 2:34 AM

Time to send him home to be executed like the treasonous traitor he is. He had no right abusing the trust the gov't entrusted him with for the sole benefit of the citizenry. Bullet to the head works for me.

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bobjimflys August 01 2014 at 1:37 AM

This is small news right now, the damage has been done, I would like to not see him in the news for the rest of his life, and if he stepped in front of a fast car, so be it... No loss to the USA

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estimatorone August 01 2014 at 2:28 AM

The article says that if he returns to the
U. S., he will be subject to "persecution".
A little too dramatic? He will be prosecuted just like anyone else who breaks a law.

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email.dr August 01 2014 at 1:32 AM

Snowden hasn't told us anything. all this info is mundam common knowledge. everyone spys on everyone.

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