Russia plans to extend Snowden asylum

  • Updated: January 24, 2014 - 8:14 PM
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In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia. Should Snowden ever return to the U.S., he would face criminal charges for leaking information about NSA surveillance programs. But legal experts say a trial could expose more classified information as his lawyers try to build a case in an open court that the operations he exposed were illegal. (AP Photo)

Russia plans to extend its offer of asylum to Edward Snowden beyond August, a Russian lawmaker said Friday at the World Economic Forum. Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Russia’s lower house of Parliament, hinted that the extension of temporary refugee status for Snowden, the former NSA contractor, might be indefinite. “He will not be sent out of Russia,” Pushkov said. “It will be up to Snowden.” He added that Snowden’s father believes his son could not get a fair trial in the United States. U.S. participants on the panel continued to criticize Snowden for leaking information about the surveillance. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., argued that Snowden should be convicted. “Mr. Snowden violated an oath, and that is a fact,” he said.

New York Times

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