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Snowden Asks Russia For Extension On Asylum

Facing a July 31 deadline, Edward Snowden has filed a petition to extend his asylum in Russia.

Snowden Asks Russia For Extension On Asylum
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​With just weeks to go before his asylum in Russia expires, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has reportedly asked for more time. (Via Flickr / Chris Goldberg

​Snowden’s lawyer told Russian news outlets, his client has filed a petition to extend his stay in Russia for another year. "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.” (Via RT

It's been more than a year now since Edward Snowden became a household name for the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history. (Via ITN

When his voided passport left him stranded at Moscow’s airport, Snowden unsuccessfully sought out refuge in more than 20 countries before Russia granted him year-long asylum. As for what he’s been up to since then, we don’t know much. (Via The Guardian

And apparently neither does the U.S. government, according to The Washington Post. While Attorney General Eric Holder says the U.S. knows exactly where Snowden is, other sources told the Post that's not true. 

In part, because he's made zero public appearances since last summer. But despite keeping relatively low profile, Snowden's still made headlines.  

He sent in a prerecorded question for Russian President Vladimir Putin aired on Russia TV and made a Skype appearance at the SXSW festival this past March. (Via RT, ACLU

​And there was this interview with NBC's Brian Williams. 

"I don’t think there’s ever been any question that I’d like to go home.” 

More recently, using Snowden’s leaked NSA documents, journalist Glenn Greenwald reported the NSA and FBI spied on the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans. (Via The Intercept

Russia’s Federal Migration Services has not commented on Snowden’s request, but as The New York Times notes, there have been no indications the country plans to expel him.