Edward Snowden’s Russian lawyer Analtoly Kucherena says that Russia has given permission for him to stay there for three more years. It is not clear whether he has applied for asylum.
This must irk the US administration which has been anxious to get its hands on him to punish him for leaking so many documents about its massive spying programs. The noticeable hostility in US-Russian relations right now meant that it was unlikely that they would hand him over to the US. Of course, the emergence of a new leaker means that they also have other things to worry about.
But Snowden seems to be branching out.
Kucherena said Snowden is working in the information-technology field and that holding a job was a key consideration in extending his residency. The lawyer didn’t give details of where Snowden is working. He also said Snowden is under the protection of a private guard service.
Kucherena also was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying that he intends to publish a novel that includes elements of the Snowden case. He claimed rights to the book have been sold to American film director Oliver Stone.