Former CIA employee Edward Snowden will file documents with the Russian Federal Migration Service to extend his stay in Russia in the nearest future, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Interfax on Monday.
Kucherena could not say whether Snowden will apply for asylum or a residence permit. “The final decision will be made by Edward,” the lawyer said.
The temporary asylum granted to Snowden expires on August 1, Interfax reports.
Commenting on the outcome of Snowden’s stay in Russia, Kucherena said: “He has proven to be a unique specialist and a capable person. In any case, he is working hard to study Russian and he has made a lot of progress on that.”
Edward Snowden marked a one-year anniversary of his stay in Russia. The former NSA analyst entered history as a whistleblower of the biggest amount of US intelligence information.
A year ago Snowden was forced to seek political asylum after leaking thousands of classified documents and giving them to several media outlets.
Snowden’s revelations exposed the involvement of numerous mass surveillance programs into people’s everyday lives. Most of them are connected with the NSA and the Five Eyes group, as well as with multinational telecommunication companies and EU governments.
Due to Snowden, the existence of the Boundless Informant program, along with the PRISM electronic data mining program, the Tempora interception project, the XKeyscore analytical tool, the MUSCULAR access point and the massive FASCIA database became known.
Edward Snowden was named as The Guardian’s 2013 person of the year. He also became member of the board of directors of the Freedom of the Press Foundation and was elected as a Rector of the University of Glasgow.
Source: Voice of Russia