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Fugitive Snowden Asks to Extend Stay in Russia

FILE - Edward Snowden is seen delivering his
FILE - Edward Snowden is seen delivering his "Alternative Christmas Message" on Britain's Channel 4. (Channel 4)
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Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has asked  Moscow to extend his asylum in Russia, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Russia granted Snowden a one-year visa in August 2013 despite the United States wanting Moscow to send him home to face criminal charges, including espionage, for disclosing secret U.S Internet and telephone surveillance programs.

“We have carried out the procedure of getting temporary asylum. It expires on July 31,” Interfax news agency quoted Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, as saying.

“Correspondingly, we have filed documents to extend his stay on the territory of Russia.”

Kucherena could not immediately be reached for comment independently and the Russian Federal Migration Service declined comment.

Another lawyer for Snowden, whose precise whereabouts are a secret, said last month he expected Russia to extend the American's asylum beyond July.

President Vladimir Putin's refusal to return Snowden to the United States is one of many irritants in relations between Moscow and Washington, which are also as loggerheads over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, human rights and defense issues.  

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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 10, 2014 8:03 AM
Hi Igor, my buddy! You can respond here, I will get a notice when you do. Don't be afraid. You can speak your mind in America. You can't speak your mind in RUSSIA!!!!!!!

by: Patrick from: Ca
July 10, 2014 1:01 AM
I agree, the NSA is out of line as is most of our big brother gov! They are not keeping us safe by violating our civil rights and pissing off our allies!
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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 10, 2014 8:07 AM
Isn't it amazing how the Demoncrats, I mean Democrats bashed Bush into oblivion while accusing him of this exact issue? The Democrats have gone way overbaord with this big brother crap and they think it's OK as long as Obama is in charge!

by: Igor from: Russia
July 09, 2014 9:23 PM
In the country such as the USA where human right is violated constantly and people cannot speak out the truth against their own government Snowden's actions are understandable.
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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 10, 2014 8:02 AM
That's funny Igor. Snowden fled to a country that does censor it's people, controls it's media, and violates even the basic of human rights! You cannot speak out against your government because those Siberian luxury cells don't have room service!!!! What human rights do the US violate? If so, then why do so many people flee to the US when their human rights are violated? They dammmmmmmm sure don't flee to Russia!!!!

by: kdog from: Texas
July 09, 2014 12:11 PM
He's no fugitive
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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 10, 2014 8:08 AM
He's no American either! Good riddens Snowden, you have made your family and country proud! Learn Russian. Go live with Igor, he has a spare cot for you.

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