Edward Snowden leaves Sheremetyevo transit zone

MOSCOW. August 1. KAZINFORM Former CIA employee Edward Snowden has left the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport about thirty minutes ago, a source close to the matter told Itar-Tass.

Thus, currently Snowden is formaly in Russia's territory. The source explained that the customs officers received the required papers from Federal Migration Service givin Snowden the right to stay in Russia. He added that the former CIA employee currently has all the necessary documents to legally stay in Russia.

Since June 23, the former CIA employee, Edward Snowden, has been staying in Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport, where he came from Hong Kong as a transit passenger. In the middle of July he requested for a temporary political asylum in Russia, Itar-Tass reports.

Snowden is accused of revealing details about the U.S. surveillance services. He was charged with unauthorized communication of national defense information and providing U.S. classified intelligence to an unauthorized person under the 1917 Espionage Act. Moreover, he is accused of government property theft. Snowden will face up to 10 years in prison under every article.

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