Russia reportedly grants NSA whistleblower Snowden permanent residency

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Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower, has been given permanent residency in Russia, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told the TASS news agency.
Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked secret documents about the government's secret intelligence collection programs, has been granted permanent residency rights in Russia, the TASS news agency reported Thursday.

Snowden's Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told the state-run agency that his client was "given a permanent residence permit" but was not yet considering applying for a Russian passport.

In a separate interview with Reuters, Kucherena said that Snowden's Russian residency permit was expiring "and we asked to extend it."

He added that they submitted the documents in April and got the permanent residency rights on Thursday.

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