Russia grants entry to US whistleblower

Russia grants entry to US whistleblower
Wed Jul 24, 2013 17:31:21

Russia has provided American whistleblower Edward Snowden with an official pass to allow him to enter Moscow.

Russia's Federal Migration Service has issued a document to allow Snowden to leave Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after one month of stay, Russian reports say.

Snowden has been staying in transit since arriving from Hong Kong on June 23.

Wanted by the US authorities for leaking details of government surveillance programs, Snowden recently requested temporary asylum in Russia.

He could leave the airport's "sterile zone" in the next few hours, a source close to events told Russia's Interfax news agency.

The American will be provided with new clothing, the source added.

The source added that the document would be handed to Snowden by Russian Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena.

Earlier in June, Snowden leaked confidential information that showed the US National Security Agency (NSA) collects data of phone records and Internet communications of American citizens.

Washington says Snowden must be tried on espionage charges for disclosing government spying programs.

The United States has revoked Snowden’s passport, depriving him of the necessary documentation with which to travel.

According to some other documents provided by Snowden, the US has been also spying on EU offices in Washington DC, New York, and Brussels.

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