Snowden 'Can Leave' Moscow Transit Zone - Reports

15:24, 24 July 2013
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Fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has been issued with a document allowing him to leave the transit zone of Russia’s Sheremetyevo Airport, Russian media reported Wednesday, according to RIA Novosti.

Russian media cited unnamed sources in Russian law enforcement as saying that a document allowing Snowden to leave the transit zone – provided the border service does not object – was issued to him when he submitted his asylum request.

Snowden, who is wanted by the United States for leaking classified data about the US National Security Agency’s surveillance activities, formally requested temporary asylum in Russia on July 16.

Russia’s Federal Migration Service has so far refrained from commenting on the reports.

Snowden has been holed up in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport since arriving there on a flight from Hong Kong on June 23.

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