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Snowden gets 3 more years of residency in Russia
August 7, 2014, 11:32 am

Snowden said he is impressed with how vigourously Brazil has led the campaign against the NSA spying scheme [AP]

Snowden said he is impressed with how vigourously Brazil has led the campaign against the NSA spying scheme [AP]

Whistleblower and former American intelligence contractor Edward Snowden was granted a residence permit for another three years in Russia, his lawyer said in Moscow on Thursday.

“He has got a three-year residence permit starting from August 1,” Anatoly Kucherena said at a press conference. Moscow however has not yet granted Snowden permanent political asylum, his lawyer said.

“We filed documents with the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) beforehand to make sure the extension of Snowden’s stay on Russian territory would be considered,” Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted Kucherena as saying.

The FMS granted Snowden, a former US National Security Agency contractor wanted by Washington for intelligence leaks, permission for one-year temporary asylum in Russia on August 1, 2013.

The US Attorney-General Eric Holder said earlier this year that there would be no amnesty for Snowden.

“In fact he caused harm to our national security and I think he has to be held accountable for his actions,” Holder told the MSNBC network.

Snowden, however, has several times told the world press that he feels justified in disclosing how the US spies on its enemies and allies alike.

“Citizens have to fight against the suppression of information about affairs of essential importance for the public. Those who speak the truth are not committing a crime,” he told the German news magazine Der Spiegel in November.

 

 Source: Agencies

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