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PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden might leave Moscow airport today

Russia apparently grants temporary asylum
Wed Jul 24 2013, 16:47
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NSA WHISTLEBLOWER Edward Snowden might be leaving the Moscow airport today.

There are conflicting reports. Some say that papers have been signed and he is on his way, while others say that there is some sort of paperwork or bureaucratic issue that is holding things up.

One thing is for sure, Snowden has been stuck at the airport in Moscow, Russia for a few weeks.

The LA Times has Snowden on the move and an unnamed insider told it, "Snowden is passing the passport control now, a procedure that for him, a man without a valid passport may take longer than just stamping a passport."

The Washington Post has spoken to Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena.

He said that his client is likely to be in the airport for at least another 24 hours. "He is staying in the transit zone in accordance with the existing regulations," he is quoted as saying. "He is acting precisely within the framework of the regulations."

Kucherena hinted that this sort of thing is all new to Russia and it is making sure that it gets all the paperwork right. He said that the situation "is unique for Russia", adding, "We must understand that there have never been such cases or applications before. There is a certain procedure and the Federal Migration Service is obliged to comply with it."

Vladimir Volokh, the head of the public council of the Russian Federal Migration Service, said that Snowden will have a controlled passage, and will only be allowed to travel to places where he will be safe. µ


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