Russian Federation grants Snowden permanent residency

Snowden is wanted in the United States on espionage charges after he leaked information showing that agents from the National Security Agency were collecting telephone records of millions of US citizens

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed top-secret USA spying programs, has obtained permanent residency in Russian Federation, his lawyer said.

He that for the time being Snowden does not consider the possibility of applying for Russian citizenship.

Kucherena said the application was filed in April but the process was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. When the country's lockdown was lifted, Snowden applied for another extension, according to the outlet.

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked secret documents about the government's secret intelligence collection programs, has been granted permanent residency rights in Russian Federation, the TASS news agency reported Thursday.

Snowden, a former Central Intelligence Agency contractor, leaked labeled knowledge in 2013 from the Nationwide Safety Company concerning the US's spying and surveillance applications around the globe.

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His lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told AFP on Thursday that his residency permit was extended and is now indefinite, a situation made possible by recent changes to Russia's immigration law.

In the US, Snowden faces two counts of violating the Espionage Act.

President Trump floated pardoning Snowden in August however Lawyer Common William Barr mentioned he's "vehemently opposed" to it.

"That is the ultimate goal, but if I'm going to spend the rest of my life in prison then my one, bottom-line demand that we all have to agree to is that at least I get a fair trial", Snowden told "CBS This Morning" past year.

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