Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has been given leave to remain in Russia for 'another couple of years,' as he remains in asylum. Mia Womersley reports.
Russia will allow American whistleblower Edward Snowden to stay in the country for at least a few more years. The man whose leaks from within the NSA reshaped what the public knew of its intelligence gathering, living there in asylum since 2013. Return to the United States would mean immediate imprisonment. His lawyer telling Russian media he'll have the right to pursue citizenship there soon. Snowden was responsible for exposing classified details on electronic spying efforts by the U.S., including a sweeping programme of domestic phone data collection that was later deemed illegal. Moscow's announcement comes a day after President Obama declared he would shorten the prison sentence for Chelsea Manning, the former military intelligence analyst whose diplomatic and warfighting leaks in 2010 were the largest in U.S. history. She faced 35 years. Now, she'll be out in a matter of months. Snowden hailing the move on Twitter. The White House says Snowden's disclosures and flight to Russia are far more dangerous than Manning. That possibly skewing any future decisions on Snowden's fate.