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Friday 23 March 2018

Snowden hopes to leave Moscow airport soon


Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden hopes to be granted papers tomorrow that will allow him to end his month-long stay in the transit area of a Moscow airport and move to the city centre, his Russian lawyer has said.

His lawyer, who helped the American file for temporary asylum on July 16, said Mr Snowden believed it would be unsafe to travel to Latin America because of US efforts to return him to the US to face espionage charges.

Mr Snowden's bid for temporary asylum in Russia may take up to three months to process, but he can pass through customs based on the initial response to his request.

Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have also offered him asylum.

Irish Independent

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