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Lawyer: Snowden gets 3 more years in Russia

Snowden Granted 3-Year Residency In Russia

BY JIM HEINTZ
ASSOCIATED PRESS

MOSCOW (AP) -- NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted permission to stay in Russia for three more years, his lawyer said Thursday.

Snowden last year was granted temporary asylum of one year in Russia, but that ran out on Aug. 1.

His lawyer, Analtoly Kucherena, was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying Snowden now has been granted residency for three more years, but that he had not been granted political asylum.

That status, which would allow him to stay in Russia permanently, must be decided by a separate procedure, Kucherena said, without specifying if Snowden is seeking it.

Snowden was stranded in a Moscow airport last year en route from Hong Kong to Cuba, shortly after he released extensive documentation about National Security Agency's surveillance programs. He reportedly spent a month in the airport before receiving the temporary asylum, but was seen only at one tightly restricted meeting with human rights representatives.

Since receiving the temporary asylum, his whereabouts have not been made public.

The case has been significant contributor to the tensions between Russia and the United States.

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"I don't think there's ever been any question that I'd like to go home," Snowden said in a television interview in May. "Now, whether amnesty or clemency ever becomes a possibility is not for me to say. That's a debate for the public and the government to decide. But, if I could go anywhere in the world, that place would be home."

Kucherena said Snowden is working in the information-technology field and that holding a job was a key consideration in extending his residency. The lawyer did not give details of where Snowden is working.

Kucherena said Snowden is working in the information-technology field and that his holding a job was a key consideration in extending his residency. He did not give details of where he is working.

He also said Snowden is under the protection of a private guard service.

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Truwriter August 07 2014 at 9:59 AM

When Snowden first did this I was outraged at his reckless conduct. But as time has passed and we have witnessed the Obama administration love of surveillance of private citizens, his use of the IRS to punish those who dissent from his rule, and the arrogance of him refusing to govern within the American system, I think Snowden might actually become a hero to the American people. We had no idea that Obama listended to private calls ( and I mean him actually listening in to recordings of phone calls made by reporters who covered his events to see if there was anyone on his staff talking to them), we had no idea that the IRS used its power for political punishment, that the Fed Gov issues out license plate readers to collect mountains of info on private citizens, where they go who they know who they visit, wehre they shop. Snowden took extreme action but our gov is so out of control it is a threat to our basic freedoms.

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joan August 07 2014 at 11:23 AM

Snowden should be tried for treason and locked away for the rest of his sorry life!

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beverlyamy1 joan August 07 2014 at 11:35 AM

SO SHOULD OBAMA.

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Joan beverlyamy1 August 07 2014 at 11:37 AM

Well stated, beverly!

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Garfield Whittak joan August 07 2014 at 3:35 PM

beverlyamy would you 'lock up president Obama for life' without Bush? Why so!?

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Mike August 07 2014 at 11:54 AM

I bet Putin makes him swallow.

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petey Mike August 07 2014 at 12:56 PM

LOL !!!

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Robert Curry August 07 2014 at 10:30 AM

Do you really think that the Russians are granting him asylum without pumping him for information? Someone needs to take this guy out !

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bps163 August 07 2014 at 10:46 AM

A bullet is waiting for him. Snowden helping Russia Hack the USA computer systems

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beverlyamy1 bps163 August 07 2014 at 11:36 AM

lol,are you the c.i.a?

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beverlyamy1 August 07 2014 at 11:34 AM

LOVE IT!

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wadefoundation August 07 2014 at 11:28 AM

so sick of his ugly puss, hope he dies in Russia.

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WildMtHoney888 August 07 2014 at 10:19 AM

Snowden is no longer relevant all he really is Vlad's propaganda pawn. That still has a few moves left. As far as I am concerned let Snowden stay with his comrades.

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jmslotnick August 07 2014 at 11:33 AM

He should stay there permanently as he fits in perfectly with USA hater Putin and can be his aide as they are both back stabbing traitorsl

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alperez12a August 07 2014 at 5:19 PM

Snowden would be a great President, Treason is for our current and previous puppets, I mean Presidents. Snowden did all you a favor, He made your true constitutional right e xtend a bit, If he did not have the balls to do the right thing, Your children would be in war for a secret elite that runs this world who doesn't give a rats as about you or me, Privacy the little we have, Terrorist list of 200K Americans, Data collection of your computer doing. List of 200K, Not one caught, Blackmailing of our so called leaders through data stealing, Wake up he did what most so called Americans would never do even if it had a list of all your relatives that would be arrested for no reason. American have a right to know what the Govt is doing. They BS all your tax $ and say that under national security no info can be leaked. Snowden should have a parade for being a true AMERICAN.

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