News / USA

Lawyer Says Snowden Could Seek Russian Citizenship

An officer walks outside a Federal Migration Service office in central Moscow, July 16, 2013.
An officer walks outside a Federal Migration Service office in central Moscow, July 16, 2013.
VOA News
Edward Snowden's attorney says the fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker has not ruled out the possibility of seeking Russian citizenship.

Snowden, 30, is stuck in the transit zone of a Moscow airport for a fourth week, while seeking temporary asylum in Russia. He has said he eventually wants to head to Latin America, but his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said Snowden also told him that he could ask for Russian citizenship.

The United States is demanding that Russia extradite Snowden to stand trial on espionage charges, after he disclosed details of clandestine surveillance programs conducted by the U.S. National Security Agency.

Russia has refused to expel Snowden, but Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow's relations with the United States are more important than the dispute over Snowden.

"Bilateral relations, in my opinion, are far more important than squabbles about the activities of the secret services,'' Putin said.

Russia is considering Snowden's bid for temporary asylum. Putin said his country, though, would not tolerate Snowden leaking further information damaging to the United States.

"We warned Mr. Snowden that any action by him that could cause damage to Russia-American relations is unacceptable for us,'' he said.

Kucherena predicted temporary asylum would be approved within the next few days, and that Snowden would be able to leave the airport.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday there is "ample legal justification" for Moscow to return Snowden to the United States to face charges of "serious felonies." Carney said Washington does not want its relations with Moscow to be affected by the dispute.

Snowden applied Tuesday to stay temporarily in Russia, though he said he still eventually wants to travel to Venezuela, Bolivia or Nicaragua, which have offered him asylum. But the United States has revoked his passport.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said To Be Improving

Experimental drugs have been tried on six people: three Westerners and now, three African pyhysicians More

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities residents rebuild their lives, but many say everyone is being treated with suspicion More

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

Girls learn to object; FGM practitioners face penalties from jail sentences to stiff fines More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improvingi
X
Carol Pearson
August 19, 2014 11:43 PM
The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.
Video

Video For Obama, Racial Violence is Personal Issue

The racial violence in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is presenting U.S. President Barack Obama with an issue to which he has a deep personal connection. To many Americans, Obama's election as America's first black president marked a turning point in race relations in the United States, and Obama has made ending the violence a policy priority. On Monday he issued a new call for calm and understanding. Luis Ramirez reports from the White House.
Video

Video Clinton-Obama Relationship Could Impact 2016 Election

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a long and complicated relationship. That relationship took another turn recently when Clinton criticized the president’s foreign policy. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports there is renewed attention on the Clinton-Obama relationship as Hillary Clinton considers running for
Video

Video Iran Looks to Maintain Influence in Baghdad With New Shia PM

Washington and Tehran share the goal of stopping Syrian-based militants in Iraq. But experts say it's Iran, not the United States, that will most influence how the new government in Baghdad approaches internal reforms and the war in Syria. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.

AppleAndroid