Edward Snowden's New Residence Permit Allows Another 3 Years in Russia
August 7, 2014 2:41 PM
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.
, 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.
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