Snowden gets 3-year residency permit in Russia

August 7, 2014 11:33 AM

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Snowden gets 3-year residency permit in Russia

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed secret details of U.S. electronic surveillance programs, has received a three-year residence permit in Russia and can travel freely abroad, his lawyer said Thursday in Moscow.

Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said the 31-year-old analyst has not asked for political asylum, but noted that he could apply for Russian citizenship in five years, Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency reports.

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