International Law

Snowden has won temporary asylum, his lawyer says

Edward Snowden has won temporary asylum in Russia and has left the Moscow airport, according to his lawyer.

Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena tells CNN that Snowden has legal status in Russia for one year. Kucherena also spoke with Interfax and Russian state television about the successful bid for asylum, report Reuters and USA Today. WikiLeaks is also reporting that that Snowden has acquired refugee status in Russia.

Snowden was charged with espionage in the United States after leaking information about the data collection program by the National Security Agency. Hong Kong allowed him to fly to Russia despite a U.S. extradition request. He has been at the airport since June 23.

Kucherena said Snowden is going to a secure location that will remain secret.

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