Russia is extending the residency permit of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked evidence of the NSA’s bulk data collection program.
The Russian government announced the extension via social media, NPR’s Lucian Kim reports from Moscow:
“Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry, posted on her Facebook page late Tuesday night.
“She ridiculed former deputy CIA chief Michael Morell for suggesting that returning Snowden to the US would be Russia’s perfect gift to President-elect Donald Trump.
” ‘The funniest thing,’ Zakharova said, ‘is that Morell doesn’t know that Snowden’s residence permit was just extended by a couple of years.’ “
Snowden, who is under indictment in the U.S., is living in Russia under a grant of asylum, NPR’s Carrie Johnson reports. He has been in Moscow since 2013.
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SOURCE: NPR, Camila Domonoske