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A flag for the presidential campaign of Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin hangs out of windows of a house in Moscow March 2, 2012. The flag reads “For Putin. And that’s all.”

Julia Ioffe, senior editor at The New Republic, wrote a post about Edward Snowden’s circumstances — reportedly sitting in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport while he prepares to live and work in Russia.

She gives a blunt assessment of the fate that lies in front of the 30-year-old American.

From The New Republic (emphasis ours):

The reality that lies before Snowden, however, is not that of a Petersburg slum or a cherry orchard. More likely, he will be given an apartment somewhere in the endless, soulless highrises with filthy stairwells that spread like fields around Moscow’s periphery. He will live there for five years before he will be given citizenship. He’ll likely be getting constant visits from the SVR (the Russian NSA) to mine the knowledge he carries in his brain.

That last sentence there is key: The 10,000 classified NSA files Snowden stashed all over the world are highly encrypted, so the data is most likely safe (for now) even if a foreign intelligence service acquired it.

But Snowden’s head is not encrypted. He is an NSA-trained hacker who “carefully read” 10,000 classified NSA files and knows his way around NSA interviews, and then managed to land in the hands of Russian intelligence.

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Edward Snowden Allowed To Leave Moscow Airport And Enter Russia

 

 

 

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Police guard a door where human rights groups were taken to meet former intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden at Sheremetyevo airport July 12, 2013.

Former NSA whistleblower/leaker Edward Snowden has been granted documents that will allow him to leave a Moscow airport where he has been for the last month, Reuters and Russian media report.

BBC notes that Russia’s Federal Migration Service will soon issue a document granting him rights as a Russian citizen.

 

But Snowden’s lawyer says Snowden won’t leave the airport today and will remain in the transit zone until paperwork is finalized.

 

On Tuesday his Moscow lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said that if Snowden is granted a one-year temporary asylum, the term “can be prolonged for another year and this can be repeated an indefinite number of times afterwards.”

 

“He’s planning to arrange his life here. He plans to get a job,” Kucherena, who has links to the country’s intelligence service (i.e. FSB), told RT. “And, I think, that all his further decisions will be made considering the situation he found himself in.”

 

Snowden is an elite hacker, trained by the NSA, who gained access and “carefully read” 10,000 classified NSA files. Furthermore, Snowden knows his way around the vetting process of the world’s largest spy agency.

 

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Snowden’s Moscow Lawyer: NSA Leaker Is Planning To Live In Russia And Get A Job

 

 

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The Moscow lawyer of NSA whistleblower/leaker Edward Snowden tells Russia Today that the 30-year-old is planning to spend the foreseeable future in Russia.

“He’s planning to arrange his life here. He plans to get a job,” Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer with links to the country’s intelligence service (i.e. FSB), told RT. “And, I think, that all his further decisions will be made considering the situation he found himself in.”

 

The situation he found himself in was being stuck in Russia after the U.S. voided his passport while he was in Hong Kong and Snowden flew to Moscow on a travel document from Ecuador‘s consul in London.

 

Kucherena, who sits on the public council of the FSB, has been speaking for Snowden since July 12 — the day Snowden accepted all offers of support and asylum.

 

“We must understand that security is the number one issue in his case,” Kucherena told RT. “I think the process of adaptation will take some time. It’s an understandable process as he doesn’t know the Russian language, our customs, and our laws.”

 

If Snowden is granted a one-year temporary asylum,  the term “can be prolonged for another year and this can be repeated an indefinite number of times afterwards,” Kucherena said.

 

The development seems like very bad news for the U.S.

 

Snowden is an elite hacker, trained by the NSA, who gained access and “carefully read” 10,000 classified NSA files.

 

Furthermore, Snowden knows his way around the vetting process of the world’s largest spy agency.

 

When Snowden arrived in Moscow on June 23, a radio host in Moscow “saw about 20 Russian officials, supposedly FSB agents, in suits, crowding around somebody in a restricted area of the airport,” according to Anna Nemtsova of Foreign Policy.

 

“Snowden will fly out of Russia when the Kremlin decides he can go,” Moscow political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin told Foreign Policy after Snowden arrived. “He might not even be in the airport. The safest place would be a GRU [Russian military intelligence] apartment.”

 

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NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Asylum Request Under Review, Can’t Leave Sheremetyevo Airport

July 24, 2013 by Leave a Comment

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Russia Gives NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Documents to Leave Moscow Airport`

[UPDATED]: Edward Snowden not leaving Russia airport transit area today, asylum request still not complete.

Well, it seems that Edward Snowden won’t be sprung today from a Moscow airport. Earlier RIA Novosti reported that the fugitive NSA leaker had been given documents to leave the Moscow airport transit area and formally enter Russia. His lawyer is now saying that isn’t the case and that the asylum request is still under review. I hope Edward Snowden isn’t jaded into thinking he will be living in paradise once outside the airport. He should revisit history and look at what happened to the Americans who sought asylum in Russia.

Russia Today:  NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will have to stay at a Moscow airport for a little longer as his asylum plea is still being reviewed by Russian Immigration Authorities, according to his lawyer.

Anatoly Kucherena said that today Snowden will not leave Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, but confirmed that the NSA-leaker will live in Russia. He assured that Snowden is staying in good conditions.

However,Kucherena did not give any specific date when documents should be issued. Asked about reasons for that, he explained that such delay in issuing all necessary documents to Snowden is because of the uniqueness of the situation.

Earlier reports:

CNN:  It’s still not clear whether Russia will grant the temporary-asylum request. But if it does, Snowden would be able to live in Russia — and even travel abroad — for at least a year, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said last week.

 

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Published on Jul 12, 2013

Edward Snowden exposes the US in more ways than one !!

Edward Snowden appears at Moscow airport and renews asylum claim.
Edward Snowden along with Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks at a meeting with human rights campaigners in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow today.

Snowden’s airport appearance. “Friday’s proceedings left little doubt that the Russian authorities were actively involved in Snowden’s stay,” Alec writes:

[Russian MP Vyacheslav] Nikonov said he had asked Snowden how he was enjoying his time in Russia. “He laughed — and said, it’s safe here,” Nikonov said.

Nikonov and other attendees, including Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch and Sergei Nikitin of Amnesty International, were swarmed by journalists as they arrived at Sheremetyevo late on Friday afternoon.

Camera- and mic boom-wielding correspondents mobbed each of the invitees in turn as they made their way toward an airport employee holding a sign reading “G9”, previously identified in Snowden’s invitation email as the marker that would lead them to Snowden.

The horde followed the airport employee upstairs, with journalists running up downward escalators to get ahead, and the invitees were ushered through a service door guarded by policemen and into a hallway with a metal detector. Lokshina later said that they did not undergo any security checks and were only asked to not record video of the event.

The atmosphere was tense as journalists crowded to get footage and quotes after the activists emerged from the 45 minute long meeting. At least one fistfight erupted between two cameramen who punched each other in the ribs.

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Friday’s proceedings left little doubt that the Russian authorities were actively involved in Snowden’s stay at Sheremetyevo. Airport employees organised and conducted the event, and order was kept by a small cadre of policemen. Attendees said the meeting was watched over by men in suits, whom Nikitin of Amnesty International said looked like government operatives.

“I’m no expert, but if a man in a tie is standing there with a military bearing and a serviceman’s expression, who is he, a school teacher?” Nikitin said.

Nikonov, the Kremlin-friendly MP, agreed: “I think that he has guards, given the circumstances.”

Russia has denied any involvement in Snowden’s flight and continues to insist that he is not on Russian territory since he has not crossed the border at Sheremetyevo. Snowden stressed in his statement on Friday that he “did not partner with any foreign government to guarantee by safety”.

“Instead, I took what I knew to the public, so what affects all of us can be discussed by all of us in the light of day, and I asked the world for justice,” he said.

Attendees said that Snowden looked mentally and physically healthy, despite weeks in the halls of Sheremetyevo. “He smiled, he looked confident, he looked like he believes he’s in the right,” Nikonov said. “I can’t say he impressed me as a well-fed young man, but he’s never been very bulky. And he has a great haircut. He didn’t joke, because he understands the seriousness of the situation.”

Nikitin added: “He didn’t look scared, he looked cheerful…He smiled at my jokes, and although his face looked a little pale, you can understand why if a person is located the whole time within four walls.”

Some attendees said Snowden appeared desperate to get out of the airport. “I got the feeling that after all this, he just wants to physically get out of these premises, and this is the only way to get out of them,” Nikitin said.

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Snowden renews plea for Russian asylum

‘I have been made stateless … for my act of political expression,’ says NSA leaker stuck at Moscow airport

Posted: Jul 12, 2013 7:03 AM ET

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2013 8:03 PM ET

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden met with human rights groups Friday and said he plans to seek asylum in Russia until he gets clearance to travel to Latin American countries that have offered him asylum. Snowden is wanted on espionage charges for divulging details of secret U.S. surveillance programs. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden met with human rights groups Friday and said he plans to seek asylum in Russia until he gets clearance to travel to Latin American countries that have offered him asylum. Snowden is wanted on espionage charges for divulging details of secret U.S. surveillance programs. (Human Rights Watch)

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said today he would submit a request for asylum to Russia, where he plans to stay until he can travel to Latin American countries to weigh asylum offers.

“I announced today my formal acceptance of all offers of support or asylum I have been extended and all others that may be offered in the future,” Snowden said in a statement to human rights activists whom he had invited for a closed-door meeting at Moscow’s airport, according to a transcript of his remarks that was posted on WikiLeaks.

Snowden asked the activists gathered at Sheremetyevo airport for assistance in securing his asylum in Russia until he is able to travel. Placed on no-fly lists by Washington, Snowden said the U.S. is aiming to make an example of him, “a warning to all others who might speak out as I have.

“I have been made stateless and hounded for my act of political expression.”

In a phone conversation Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama raised concerns directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Moscow’s handling of the former U.S. spy agency contractor.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said earlier that conversation would largely be about Snowden, who is wanted in the United States for disclosing state secrets. A White House statement about the Obama-Putin call made no mention of sending Snowden back to the U.S.

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