Snowden receives asylum in Russia, leaves Moscow airport

In this image provided by Human Rights Watch, NSA leaker Edward Snowden, center, attends a news conference at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport with Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks, left, Friday, July 12, 2013. Russian state news agency said Wednesday, July 24, 2013 that US leaker Edward Snowden has been granted a document that allows him to leave the transit zone of a Moscow airport and enter Russia. Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Rusia last week after his attempts to leave the airport were thwarted. The United States wants him sent home to face prosecution for espionage. (AP Photo/Human Rights Watch, Tanya Lokshina)

In this image provided by Human Rights Watch, NSA leaker Edward Snowden, center, attends a news conference at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport with Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks, left, Friday, July 12, 2013. Russian state news agency said Wednesday, July 24, 2013 that US leaker Edward Snowden has been granted a document that allows him to leave the transit zone of a Moscow airport and enter Russia. Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Rusia last week after his attempts to leave the airport were thwarted. The United States wants him sent home to face prosecution for espionage. (AP Photo/Human Rights Watch, Tanya Lokshina)

MOSCOW (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden left transit zone of a Moscow airport and entered Russia after authorities granted him temporary asylum, his lawyer said Thursday.

Anatoly Kucherena said that Snowden's whereabouts will be kept secret for security reasons. The former NSA systems analyst was stuck at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since his arrival from Hong Kong on June 23.

The U.S. has demanded that Russia send Snowden home to face prosecution for espionage, but President Vladimir Putin dismissed the request.

Putin had said that Snowden could receive asylum in Russia on condition he stops leaking U.S. secrets. Kucherena has said Snowden accepted the condition.

The Guardian newspaper on Wednesday published a new report on U.S. intelligence-gathering based on information from Snowden, but Kucherena said the material was provided before Snowden promised to stop leaking.

Snowden, who revealed details of a U.S. intelligence program to monitor Internet activity, has received offers of asylum from Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia and said he would like to visit those countries. However, the logistics of reaching any of those countries are complicated because his U.S. passport has been revoked.

The Snowden case has further strained U.S.-Russian ties already tense amid differences over Syria, U.S. criticism of Russia's human rights record and other issues.

Snowden's father said in remarks broadcast Wednesday on Russian television that he would like to visit his son. Kucherena said he is arranging the trip.

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RayPray writes:

Snowden truly deserved the no less than the Death Penalty!

After all. didn't he defy the Great Obama, revealing our Noble Helmsman for the worthless hypocrite he is....

Konfuzius writes:

Has nothing to do with great President Barak Obama. This case goes back to "W" the loser Bush and memberS of the socialist and green party of Germany. Agree with Bunga-bunga Berlusconi of Italy. And all other European politic leaders.
This is TYPICAL FOR POLITICIANS will tell me, WHAT IS GOOD FOR ME! But:

"Snowden truly deserved the no less than the Death Penalty!"

YES! He is a traitor. He deserved that.

Konfuzius says:

Traitors are just useful for my enemies.

PUTIN KNOWS EXACTLY why HE OFFERED THIS DEAL.

RayPray writes:

"This case goes back to "W" the loser Bush...."

>>> True. W did it the same way it was him that clipped the Wise TRAVON.

>>> Maybe it even goes back to NIXON, since The Great OBAMA (not to mention Kinnock Biden) is too s----- to have done anything noteworthy over the past 6 years....

WMissow writes:

Which one tells lies most often?

Obama or Snowden

RayN writes:

A swell "reset" by Obama and Clinton.

Maybe the media has misrepresented the world's love and respect for the Prez?

Ooooh, those sneaky Ruskies .....

RayN writes:

WM .... going to the planning board meeting?

WMissow writes:

Obama surely made his point with Putin prior to the election. Those Ruskies got Obama's number and to them it is a big fat ZERO.

There goes Klaus's persistent statement that the world loves Obama.

Ray, sorry, I have to work for a living, I will see it on the web. Will you be making a presentation?

RayN writes:

:-) no plan to do anything but watch and listen.

I'll be waiting for someone to bring up the present agreement, and what benefit their proposal would be for MI. Clearly it'll benefit them, but how it'll benefit "us" (the little people) should be interesting.

:-) Sorry, couldn't resist.

WMissow writes:

You have a right to try to make nice! I'll give you credit for that.

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