Russia Grants Edward Snowden 3 More Years of Safe Harbor

The fugitive leaker will be able to travel abroad and in five years apply for Russian citizenship, according to his lawyer.

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Aug. 7, 2014, 2:49 a.m.

Ed­ward Snowden has been gran­ted a res­id­ence per­mit to stay freely in Rus­sia for an­oth­er three years, ac­cord­ing to the fu­git­ive leak­er’s law­yer.

The Rus­si­an news agency RT has quoted Anato­ly Kucher­ena as telling re­port­ers that Snowden re­ceived a “three-year res­id­ence per­mit” on Aug. 1.

Kucher­ena also said that Snowden will be able to “travel freely with­in the coun­try and go abroad” for no longer than three months. Snowden has been un­able to leave Rus­sia dur­ing the past year that he has lived there.

In ad­di­tion, Snowden will be eli­gible to ap­ply for Rus­si­an cit­izen­ship in five years.

Snowden’s asylum in Rus­sia ex­pired last week, prompt­ing many of his sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing former Rep. Ron Paul, to re­new calls that the U.S. should grant the 31-year-old com­puter tech­ni­cian clem­ency.

Snowden, a former Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency con­tract­or, skyrock­eted to in­ter­na­tion­al no­tori­ety last sum­mer, when he leaked clas­si­fied doc­u­ments to a hand-picked group of journ­al­ists that ex­posed in­tim­ate de­tails of the spy agency’s sweep­ing phone and In­ter­net sur­veil­lance pro­grams. Once Snowden came for­ward with his iden­tity, he fled Hong Kong and was on his way to Lat­in Amer­ica when the U.S. re­voked his pass­port, leav­ing him ma­rooned for weeks in a Mo­scow air­port.

The Krem­lin even­tu­ally de­cided to grant Snowden one-year tem­por­ary asylum, a de­cision that fur­ther soured the already de­teri­or­at­ing re­la­tion­ship between the U.S. and Rus­sia.

At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Eric Hold­er and oth­er ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials had long in­dic­ated they might be open to con­ver­sa­tions with Snowden’s at­tor­neys if ap­proached with some sort of plea deal, but clem­ency was al­ways ruled off the table.

Snowden has main­tained that it would be not pos­sible for him to re­turn to the U.S. un­der cur­rent es­pi­on­age law, which he be­lieves would give him “no chance” of a fair tri­al. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has charged more people with vi­ol­at­ing the Es­pi­on­age Act than all pre­vi­ous pres­id­ents com­bined.

Earli­er this week, U.S. of­fi­cials re­portedly con­firmed that there is an­oth­er in­di­vidu­al leak­ing secrets about the gov­ern­ment’s sur­veil­lance pro­grams. That per­son has not been pub­licly iden­ti­fied.

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