Russia Grants Snowden 1-Year Asylum

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The refugee status in Russia was the first formal support from another government for Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor wanted for leaking details of surveillance programs.

MOSCOW - Brushing aside pleas and warnings from President Obama and other senior American officials, Russia granted Edward J. Snowden temporary asylum and allowed him to walk free out of a Moscow airport transit zone on Thursday, ending his legal limbo there after more than five weeks.

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