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Snowden Leaves Moscow’s Airport, As Russia Grants Asylum

Edward Snowden

In a 12-minute video on The Guardian's website, Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA talks about how American surveillance systems work and why he decided to reveal that information to the public. (The Guardian)

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has left Moscow's airport, his Russian legal adviser and others told reporters Thursday.

Snowden arrived at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport from Hong Kong more than one month ago, after news media published a trove of secret U.S. documents supplied by the former NSA contractor.

Snowden's Russian adviser, Anatoly Kucherena, "has told reporters that he passed along documents to Edward Snowden allowing him to enter Russian soil," NPR's Corey Flintoff reports. "Kucherena and sources at Sheremetyevo Airport says Snowden has left the airport."

Multiple media outlets and WikiLeaks were reporting that Snowden has been granted asylum for a period of at least one year.

Earlier Thursday, WikiLeaks tweeted, "Edward Snowden has successfully acquired refugee status in Russia and will shortly leave the airport."

We will update this post with more details as they emerge.

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