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Russia gives NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden permanent residency

Snowden, 37, received notification Thursday his application to remain in the country indefinitely and unconditionally has been approved, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said by phone

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Russian President Vladimir Putin granted asylum to the American whistle-blower in 2013, sparking a major diplomatic confrontation with the then administration of President Barack Obama. Photo: @Snowden

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Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed top-secret US spying programs, has obtained permanent residency in Russia, his lawyer said.
 
Snowden, 37, received notification Thursday his application to remain in the country indefinitely and unconditionally has been approved, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said by phone.
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin granted asylum to the American whistle-blower in 2013, sparking a major diplomatic confrontation with the then administration of President Barack Obama. The following year, he was awarded temporary residency.
 
Snowden, who is living in or near Moscow, has defended his decision to reveal highly classified NSA surveillance programs,

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First Published: Oct 23 2020 | 1:27 AM IST

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