July 16, 2013
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia, his lawyer said.
Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer who is a member of the Public Chamber, a Kremlin advisory body, said that Snowden submitted the asylum request to Russiaâ€™s Federal Migration Service. The service had no immediate comment.
Kucherena told The Associated Press that he met Snowden in the transit zone of Moscowâ€™s Sheremetyevo airport and Snowden made the request after the meeting.