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US whistleblower Snowden still waits for Russia’s asylum extension — lawyer

July 21, 2014, 15:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) granted Snowden permission for the temporary asylum in Russia on August 1, 2013
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MOSCOW, July 21.  /ITAR-TASS/. US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden’s request sent early this month to the Russian migration authorities asking to extend his temporary asylum in Russia has not been satisfied yet, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said on Monday.

“There is no news as of yet,” Kucherena told an ITAR-TASS correspondent. “We will let you know as soon as something emerges.”

The Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) granted Snowden permission for the temporary asylum in Russia on August 1, 2013. The permission expires on July 31 this year.

The news that Snowden filed the request to extend his stay in Russia for another year was voiced by Kucherena on July 9.

The United States accuses Snowden, 31, of leaking information on the US National Security Agency’s (NSA) secret surveillance programs to the media. Despite US extradition requests, he was granted a one-year temporary asylum in Russia after spending more than a month in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow.

He has reportedly found a website maintenance job and resides at an undisclosed location in Russia.

The US authorities say Snowden violated two clauses of a 1917 law on espionage by divulging some secret data related to national defense and by deliberately transferring US intelligence data to individuals not authorized to obtain such data. Snowden is also charged with stealing US government property.

Should he turn up on the American soil one day, he faces ten years in prison on each charge.

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