Snowden Has Left Moscow’s Airport, As Russia Grants Asylum

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has left Moscow’s airport, his Russian legal adviser and other sources tell NPR. Snowden arrived at Moscow’s airport from Hong Kong more than one month ago, after news media published a trove of secret U.S. documents he had supplied.

Snowden’s Russian adviser, Anatoly Kucherena, “has told reporters that he passed along documents to Edward Snowden allowing him to enter Russian soil,” NPR’s Corey Flintoff reports. “Kucherena and sources at Sheremetyevo Airport says Snowden has left the airport.”

It seems that Snowden has been granted asylum for a period of at lest one year.

Earlier today, WikiLeaks tweeted, “Edward Snowden has successfully acquired refugee status in Russia and will shortly leave the airport.”

We will update this post with more details as they emerge.

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