Snowden, the previous US intelligence contractor who revealed in 2013 that the US authorities was spying on its residents, has been dwelling in exile in Russia because the revelations.
The 37-year-old has stated he wish to return to the US.
His lawyer Anatoly Kucherena informed AFP on Thursday that his residency allow was prolonged and is now indefinite, a scenario made potential by current modifications to Russia’s immigration legislation.
Kucherena stated the appliance was filed in April however the course of was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Snowden is needed in the US on espionage costs after he leaked info displaying that brokers from the Nationwide Safety Company (NSA) had been amassing phone data of thousands and thousands of US residents.
When requested whether or not Snowden deliberate to use for Russian citizenship, Kucherena stated: “He’ll make the choice himself.”
Kucherena stated it was “pure” that Snowden wished to return to the US however will solely accomplish that when the case in opposition to him is closed.
Earlier this 12 months, US President Donald Trump stated he would “have a look” at pardoning Snowden however has not made additional touch upon the matter.
A 2015 petition calling on then president Barack Obama to pardon the whistleblower and privateness advocate was rejected by the White Home.