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File photo of accused government whistleblower Edward Snowden seen on the computer screen of a journalist as he speaks via video somewhere in Moscow, with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, during an hearing on "mass surveillance", April 8, 2014. Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has received a three-year residence permit from Russia, his Russian lawyer told reporters August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/Files

Snowden receives three-year Russian residence permit - lawyer

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by the United States for leaking extensive secrets of its electronic surveillance programs, has been given a three-year residence permit by Russia, his Russian lawyer said on Thursday.

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