Snowden Asks Russia to Grant Him Asylum


Paul Sonne
Wall Street Journal
July 17, 2013

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden handed in his application for “temporary asylum” to Russian authorities on Tuesday, citing reasons Moscow should grant the 30-year-old former security contractor protection.

He gave the application to a special Russian migration official in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, where he has been for more than three weeks, Anatoly Kucherena, a Kremlin-connected lawyer who is advising the U.S. fugitive, said in an interview on Rossiya-24 state television.

The lawyer said he spent hours at the airport late Monday and Tuesday helping Mr. Snowden prepare the 15-to-20 page application.

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