Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is all set to receive an official passport to leave Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, the Russian media has reported.
Country’s Federal Migration Service has reportedly issued a document which the American, who has been staying in transit since arriving from Hong Kong on 23 June, is due to receive shortly.
The former computer technician for the CIA and US National Security Agency is wanted in the by the US authorities on espionage charges as he leaked the details of country’s wide-reaching internet surveillance program to the international press.
Russian news agency Ria Novosti said that the documentation has already been handed over to Snowden but the report couldn’t be confirmed.
Last week Snowden had applied for temporary asylum in Russia after declining country’s invitation to get political asylum on the condition of stop leaking the classified information taken from US.
Apart from Russia, the whistleblower had given the political asylum application to 20 other countries most of which turned it down citing the technical grounds. Only Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia are the countries who have indicated to take him.