Snowden hopes to escape airport

A view of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Leaker Edward Snowden has been caught in legal limbo in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since his arrival from Hong Kong on June 23. U.S. President Obama said Monday during his trip to Africa that every intelligence service in Europe, Asia and elsewhere does its best to understand the world better, and that goes beyond what they read in newspapers or watch on TV. It was an attempt to blunt European reaction to new revelations from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden that the U.S. spies on European governments.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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Edward Snowden has been in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport since June 23.

Edward Snowden hopes to be granted papers by Wednesday that would allow him to leave Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, where he has been holed up since June 23, his Russian lawyer says.

Anatoly Kucherena, who has assisted the fugitive American leaker in his bid for asylum in Russia, said Monday that Snowden’s application may take three months to process. The lawyer said the papers, which he expects to receive “shortly,” will permit Snowden to pass through immigration and travel to the city’s center in the meantime.

The former defense contractor leaked National Security Administration documents revealing America’s worldwide surveillance apparatus. He will be prosecuted on espionage charges if U.S. officials can apprehend him. The U.S. revoked his passport.

With News Wire Services

Nation / World – NY Daily News

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