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Former NSA contractor Snowden expects to remain in Russia

Published on May 1, 2014 6:00 AM
Accused United States government whistle-blower Edward Snowden is seen on a screen as he speaks via video conference with members of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly during a hearing on mass surveillance at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on April 8, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who fled to Moscow last year after revealing details of massive US intelligence-gathering programmes, expects his asylum status in Russia to be renewed before it expires this summer, his lawyer said on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Snowden and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, who worked with Snowden to reveal NSA documents he took from his job, were given the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling, an award to promote transparency and whistle-blowing, at a ceremony in Washington on Wednesday. Snowden appeared on a video link-up from Russia and Ms Poitras appeared from Berlin.

Ms Jesselyn Radack, an attorney for Snowden, said his temporary asylum in Russia will expire at the end of June but that"prospects are good" for it to be renewed.

"Obviously, he misses America and would like to be able to come home," she said. "We just don't see that happening in the near future."

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