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Snowden can extend his asylum every year – lawyer

Published time: January 25, 2014 03:01
AFP Photo / Mandel Ngan

AFP Photo / Mandel Ngan

Though Edward Snowden’s temporary political asylum in Russia is set to expire in August, his lawyer says the NSA whistleblower has the right to extend his status every year until he is eligible for citizenship.

Snowden will make up his mind very soon, his legal representative in Russia, Anatoly Kucherena, told Kommersant newspaper.

Meanwhile, a top Russian lawmaker has indicated that Russia will most likely extend Snowden’s asylum. “He will not be sent out of Russia,” Aleksey Pushkov, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of Russia’s lower house of Parliament, said Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “It will be up to Snowden,” The New York Times quoted him as saying.

Kucherena did not rule out that Snowden will apply for an extension of his asylum and maybe even seek Russian citizenship in the future.

In an article published by The New Yorker earlier this week, Snowden dismissed as “absurd” accusations from US lawmakers that he might have spied on behalf of Russia when taking troves of classified US government documents. Snowden insisted that he “clearly and unambiguously acted alone, with no assistance from anyone, much less a government."

Snowden asked why he would have initially fled to Hong Kong and why was he “stuck in the airport forever” - in reference to the forty days he spent stranded in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport - if he was a spy. “Spies get treated better than that,” he said.

Snowden’s statement follows accusations made by the chairs of both the House and Senate intelligence committees last Sunday, which insinuated that he might have collaborated with Russia’s special services.

Speaking to RT earlier this week, Kucherena dismissed any accusations against his client, stressing that he has spent a lot of time with Snowden since June of last year and would have been aware if he had cooperated with the Russian government.

But I assure everyone that all day-to-day issues, housing rental etc. – all these questions he resolves himself or with my help.”

The lawyer reminded that Snowden recently obtained a job after spending nearly all of his savings.

“So in this case I cannot say that there is any government involvement, because there is none. His life is modest.”

Comments (26)


Freaky 26.01.2014 12:13

Mark Roman 25.01.2014 15:53

Agree. Mr. Snowden must now continue his work in Russia. As Mr. Snowden stated this is a "global issue", and Russia's FSB must be reviewed, to make certain they are spying properly. Upon completion of the FSB inspection/review, Mr. Snowden can and should relocate to China and repeat the task, r


If I put things in place it is no coincedence that Russia is bin target hard in the world by western media after Putin gives Snowden asylum.
Did the US wanna payback Russia in case of Snowden..?
I do not hope they launched a terrorist attack during the Olymp Games


Freaky 26.01.2014 12:08

Unbiased Observer 26.01.2014 01:10

Despite what Time Magazine would have us believe, there is no doubt that the most influential newsmaker of the year has been Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee and NSA subcontractor who at the age of 29 became the unlikely centre of global attention with his release of documents allegedly detailing the inner workings of various NSA spying programs.

C ongratulations Edward Snowden, you are a true hero.


He deserve the same status as Nelson Mandela.
We all know by now that the Nobel peace comite is sponsored by bankers and an old boys network.


Freaky 26.01.2014 12:06

Ilja NB 26.01.2014 02:14

Snowden is safe in only two countries: Russia and China. So I am sure he will stay in Russia, together with China it was the only country who dared to protect him from US.


An d the US is afraid for these 2 countries. In other countries Snowden was not alive anymore.
And I think their intelligence killed many people over the world in silence who where against them.
Like Bush said you are with us or against us.
The zionist wanted Jerusalem as capitol of the world.
annexing more and more Palestinian land and who is next...Egypt..Jordan ..?
With help from Saudi Arabia

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