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He could apply for Russian citizenship in five years

Former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has received a three-year residence permit in Russia. 

According to RT, Snowden was granted a residence permit in Russia, which is valid for three years starting on August 1. 

Snowden didn't ask for political asylum, and according to his lawyer -- Anatoly Kucherena -- Snowden can "travel freely within the country and go abroad" and he'll "be able to stay abroad for not longer than three months."

Snowden could even apply for Russian citizenship in five years.

Despite the fact that Snowden has a good job in computer technology over in Russia right now and just scored another three years on Russian soil, he's undecided as to whether he wants Russian citizenship or not. 

Kucherena said that if Snowden does one day travel back to the U.S., it’s not going to be extradition because he faces no charges in Russia. 

Snowden is the NSA contractor who blew the lid off of the NSA's secret spy programs last year. These programs consisted of bulk data collection from sources like phone records, where the government took on a "collect now, filter later" approach. The agency has said that the bulk data collection was meant to identify terrorist threats, but it's been discovered that the data of Americans has been collected without any clear evidence of terrorist links.  
It was later revealed that Snowden conned between 20 to 25 NSA employees to give him their login credentials and passwords while working at the NSA regional operations center for a month in Hawaii. Snowden reportedly told the NSA employees that he needed their passwords in order to do his job, and downloaded the secret NSA documents.
Snowden then went to Hong Kong in May 2013, where he leaked the documents to U.S. media outlets
From there, Snowden planned to seek refuge in Cuba, but got stranded at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport when U.S. authorities annulled his passport. 

Source: RT

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Snowden has denied this.
By leadpoop on 8/7/2014 2:49:15 PM , Rating: 5
"It was later revealed that Snowden conned between 20 to 25 NSA employees to give him their login credentials and passwords while working at the NSA regional operations center for a month in Hawaii."

Where exactly is the proof that he conned anyone? Snowden has still denied that he conned anyone. I would like to see real proof and not talking points from our Government propagandist.

Are you taking this statement from DNI James Clapper? The guy who lied to Congress and committed perjury?

RE: Snowden has denied this.
By GulWestfale on 8/7/2014 3:03:47 PM , Rating: 5
snowden did the world and especially american citizens a huge favor, even if he is vilified for it. a dark knight, if you will.

By retrospooty on 8/7/2014 3:05:41 PM , Rating: 5
Yup... In the end, at some point when we (hopefully) arrive at a more enlightened level of society, Snowden will be viewed as a hero.

RE: Snowden has denied this.
By leadpoop on 8/7/2014 3:08:10 PM , Rating: 2
I totally agree. I consider what he did was blow the whistle on the mass violations of our 4th amendment rights. I have my doubts that he "conned" anyone. And so far, the only lies I have seen, has come from our own government officials. They don't even deny that they lied, that's the scary part.

By retrospooty on 8/7/2014 3:14:00 PM , Rating: 3
LOL... "Yes, we lied, but only to keep you safe from the people we are telling you are a threat, which BTW, is also a lie"

By inighthawki on 8/7/2014 4:35:21 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I don't care if he hacked into the databases, stole the passwords, and then used them. He did the right thing.

RE: Snowden has denied this.
By PaFromFL on 8/8/2014 8:49:27 AM , Rating: 3
The government has only itself to blame for Snowden and other leakers. If you insist someone take an oath, and then are upset when they actually take the oath seriously, you need to fix the oath. The government needs to remove the word "domestic" from "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic". Why make it harder to achieve your goal of a totalitarian police state?

RE: Snowden has denied this.
By Spuke on 8/8/2014 4:52:46 PM , Rating: 3
You make a great point! The whole purpose of that oath is to NOT make yourself a slave to the government! You serve the Constitution of the US! The oath doesn't say, "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic" except the government, it says ALL enemies.

RE: Snowden has denied this.
By Adonlude on 8/12/2014 10:41:15 AM , Rating: 2
Cleared contractors do not take that oath...

American hero
By gevorg on 8/7/2014 3:12:55 PM , Rating: 5
To think a national had to travel abroad for fear of his life, for fear of indefinite detention and torture, all for making the people aware of the crimes of his government, is an absolute disgrace.

RE: American hero
By wordsworm on 8/7/2014 6:08:46 PM , Rating: 1
America's kept a Canadian hero in jail for more than five years. He should have gone to Russia instead of wasting his life in an American prison.

He's served his five years, and still Marc Emery is being held.

America is not free. She never has been. She has only brainwashed herself into thinking that she is. Canadians do the same thing, but they're far less vocal about it.

Snowden is a hero, but American justice will get him eventually.

RE: American hero
By stm1185 on 8/7/14, Rating: -1
RE: American hero
By GulWestfale on 8/7/2014 10:51:35 PM , Rating: 2
uhm what exactly did he "sell" to china and russia?

RE: American hero
By chick0n on 8/7/2014 11:03:09 PM , Rating: 1
You are nothing but a moron.

RE: American hero
By ritualm on 8/8/2014 12:15:37 AM , Rating: 4
A hero doesn't flee to states with even worse policies then the ones he is taking action against.

In other words, that "hero" is a dead man. Dead men's words hold no meaning.
A real hero stands up in the light of day.

Not when even Obama himself agrees that USA's enemies should be killed by drone strikes. Better to stand up in a place where America will risk certain mutually assured destruction by wrongfully exerting its influence over another country's home soil.
When he decided to sell out to both China and Russia he became a traitor, not a hero.

The real traitors walk in the hallowed halls of Capitol Hill and the West Wing, and claim they are protecting YOU from "terrorists".

Remember Osama bin Laden? The guy we killed a few years ago in Pakistan? The US CIA trained him in the 1980s.

I trust the terrorists "threatening" to kill me, a lot more than a Congressman claiming to "protect" me.

RE: American hero
By stm1185 on 8/8/14, Rating: -1
RE: American hero
By tamalero on 8/8/2014 11:13:29 AM , Rating: 2
Pretty sure this is why the Gov is lying and inventing more "illegal actions by snowden" like the coercion to obtain usernames and passwords.
They do not want to assassinate him.. it would make him a martir and a hero..
They want to kill his credibility first.

RE: American hero
By Spuke on 8/8/2014 4:56:17 PM , Rating: 2
They want to kill his credibility first.
This time no one will be fooled. I'm actually amazed people are still up in arms about this stuff. Awesome!

Snowden is a hero
By tayb on 8/7/2014 3:13:23 PM , Rating: 5
I believe Snowden before I believe members of Congress, the President, or directors at the NSA. These people are professional liars and perjurers.

Snowden is a hero and I hope one day he can come home.

RE: Snowden is a hero
By Reclaimer77 on 8/7/2014 4:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
Knowing what he knows, do you think he really would WANT to come home?

RE: Snowden is a hero
By michael67 on 8/7/2014 5:56:04 PM , Rating: 2
Still the US government are real idiots that they force him to stay in Russia, they could have done a lot of damage control, if they let him stay in lets say Germany, Norway or Switzerland.

Specially Germany could have bin a country ware he could have gone to, ware with good negotiated terms, at least the flow of information could have bin controlled a bid more then in Russia!

After the 1971 Pentagon release of papers, did the US government never really bothered to do a study and run many scenario's what the do with a modern day Daniel Ellsberg?

Because that's when you have to run them, so you can decide what the best action are, without the influence of emotions, now the have bin just bin stumbling around, and have all that data in the hands of one of your worse enemy's to have.

Talk about real incompetence.

RE: Snowden is a hero
By Spuke on 8/7/2014 6:24:25 PM , Rating: 2
Knowing what he knows, do you think he really would WANT to come home?
As soon as he's on US soil there's gonna be a van picking him up and taking him straight to Leavenworth. I doubt he'll ever come back here again.

RE: Snowden is a hero
By Lord 666 on 8/7/2014 11:49:21 PM , Rating: 1
Why the flip-flop on Snowden? You used to say he was a traitor. With all of the recent events with Putin, that very well could be true. The question is when did Snowden turn? From a Russian pys-ops perspective, what Snowden released had tremendous benefit.

RE: Snowden is a hero
By Reclaimer77 on 8/8/2014 6:39:00 AM , Rating: 1
I don't remember branding him a "traitor" specifically.

I completely agree that our Gov is sh*t and the NSA via the President have gone completely off the reservation.

I just had scruples about Snowden stealing info then fleeing to China and giving them who-knows-what before hightailing it to Russia.

The whistleblowing stuff, yeah awesome, I'm behind that. Doing it from nations who aren't exactly our best friends....not so much.

By mchentz on 8/7/2014 2:56:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure the media is being lied to about Snowden so he gets convicted by the US public.

By ProfFarnsworth on 8/8/2014 1:38:23 PM , Rating: 2
So where was it revealed that he stole the info instead of obtaining it by asking for passwords?

Sounds a little fishy to me.

I hope he starves...
By stm1185 on 8/7/14, Rating: -1
RE: I hope he starves...
By Makaveli on 8/8/2014 7:48:55 PM , Rating: 1
The common man get fucked everywhere dude.

Where have you been?

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