Russia’s immigration services has granted persmission to NSA whistleblower/leaker Edward Snowden according to a source.
“The American is currently getting ready to leave. He will be given new clothes. Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena will bring the papers he needs to leave the transit zone of the airport,” says Interfax citing an airport source familiar with the situation. The migration service would not immediately confirm the information.
Snowden has been living in the Moscow airport for the last month, since feeling Hong Kong.
It took Russian immigration authorities a week for an initial assessment of an asylum request. They decided to proceed with the request and issued Snowden provisional documents to that effect.
“When he gets those documents in his hands, he will be released from his temporary home at Sheremetyevo Airport and will be able to go freely about the Russian Federation,” explains RT’s Lindsay France from the airport.
Earlier, Snowden’s Russian lawyer said he may decide to stay in Russia and not see asylum elsewhere.