Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) employ, after disclosing classified documents containing details about US government surveillance programs, has been living in Russia since 2013, to avoid legal action in the United States.
On Thursday, his lawyer said former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, had been granted permanent residency in Russia.
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Who is Edward Snowden?
Edward Snowden is a man behind the most sensitive and significant leak in US diplomatic history. He is a former CIA technical assistant. He has been the employ of Booz Allen Hamilton, an influential defence contractor. For almost four years he worked for the NSA and engaged with several outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.
Ever since he determined to divulge a number of classified documents to the public, he did not choose to stay anonymous. “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” Snowden said in his very initial statement.
along with Bradley Manning and Daniel Ellsberg, Snowden will be one of the most successful whistleblowers in history. He is courageous and responsible for exposing material from the NSA which is recognized as one of the world’s most secretive organization.
Residence in Russia
The former national security contractor fled the United States in 2013 after disclosing documents on US government surveillance operations.
Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s lawyer told Russia’s state Tass news agency, “Today, Snowden was handed a residency permit for an unlimited period of time.”
Kucherena further shared that in April Snowden put the application for a residency permit, but the immigration department took some time due to the coronavirus and lockdown restrictions.
The lawyer said, 2019 due to changes in Russia’s immigration laws, Snowden was eligible to obtain permanent residency rights in.
Kucherena further explained that Snowden was not currently interested in applying for citizenship in Russian.
At present, Snowden intentionally kept a low profile in Russia. Occasionally, he utilizes social media to criticize the policies of the Russian government. Last year, in a statement, Snowden claimed that he was ready to return to his homeland, the United States if a fair trial was guaranteed.