posted at 18:50
Author: Richard Byrne Reilly
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:45:10 +0000
Snowden faces uncertain future as Russian visa expires
Edward Snowden's temporary Russian visa expired today. Snowden bolted to Moscow after his request for asylum was rejected by numerous countries one year ago. Russian attorney Anatoly Kucherena is Snowden's Moscow lawyer and also acts as his spokesperson. Kucherena said in an interview with Russian media Thursday that Snowden had been granted not a visa or political asylum but a "Temporary leave to remain in Russia." Snowden is accused of illicitly downloading over a million NSA files that disclosed some of the agency's most covert intelligence collection efforts. An American attorney who has worked on behalf of Snowden, Jesselyn Radack, told Australian radio that Snowden misses home. Former KGB major general Oleg Kalugin told VentureBeat that Snowden is now working for the Russian security service, the FSB, as a technical consultant and that the fugitive likely cooperated with his Russian hosts in order to stay on the country. Edward Snowden is an American former technical contractor for the United States National Security Agency and a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency who leaked details of several top-secret U.S. and British gov... read more ».

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