Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has petitioned to extend his asylum in Russia. His current one-year reprieve expires on July 31.
"The procedure is very simple if a citizen of any country would like to stay and live in Russia. In this case we are talking about Snowden, so we have fulfilled the procedure to receive temporary asylum," Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said Wednesday. "We have submitted documents to prolong his stay in Russia... The decision lies with the Federal Migration Service."
The whistleblower whose 1.7 million leaked agency documents have fueled dozens of investigative reports on the intelligence community, including Glenn Greenwald's reporting on the NSA's PRISM program, fled to Russia in June 2013, eventually receiving a one-year grant of temporary asylum that began in August. Though Snowden told NBC's Brian Williams he seeks amnesty back home, the U.S. charged him with espionage and theft of government property and does not appear willing to strike a deal.
Stateside, Snowden's leaks have continued their ripple effect, contributing to this week's revelation in The Intercept that the NSA and FBI spied on prominent Muslim-Americans between 2002 and 2008.