World Bulletin / News Desk
Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is wanted in theUnited States on espionage charges, has requested temporary asylum in Russia, a Russian lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday.
Snowden, who revealed details of U.S. government surveillance programmes, has been stranded at a Moscow airport since June 23. Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena confirmed Snowden had filed an application for temporary asylum, although the American has said he wants eventually to travel to Latin America.
Snowden needs temporary legal status in Russia in order to secure eventual passage to Latin American countries that have offered him asylum.
Snowden’s US passport has been invalidated as part of Washington’s effort to return him to the United States to stand trial on charges of espionage and property theft, after the former National Security Agency contractor revealed details of secret state surveillance programs.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said last month that Moscow would consider granting Snowden asylum on the condition that he stop his work aimed at “damaging our American partners,” an option Snowden initially rejected before changing his mind last week.Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Temmuz 2013, 17:30