Russia Gives Snowden Asylum

    In this image taken from Associated Press Television shows, Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena showing  a temporary document to allow Edward Snowden cross the border into Russia while speaking to the media after visiting National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has received asylum in Russia for one year and left the transit zone of Moscow's airport, his lawyer said Thursday. Kucherena said after meeting with the fugitive at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, where he was stuck since his arrival from Hong Kong on June 23, that he handed him the papers proving his status. Kucherena said that Snowden's whereabouts will be kept secret for security reasons. (AP Photo/Associated Press Television)


    And he was just getting settled at Sheremetyevo Airport. NSA leaker Edward Snowden has reportedly left the Moscow airport after being granted asylum in Russia for one year, his lawyer says. Polls have shown that Russian citizens generally are in favor of Snowden. The leaker had feared that he wouldn’t be granted a fair trial if he returned to the United States. This probably won’t bolster U.S.-Russia relations.

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