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Thursday
Jun272013

Edward Snowden Remains in Russia

The Guardian via Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- For now, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is staying put in Russia.

The 30-year-old American who leaked information about the NSA's classified phone and Internet surveillance programs has been at the airport in Moscow since he left Hong Kong last Sunday to flee extradition to the U.S. where he faces espionage charges.

While President Vladimir Putin has publicly said he won't hand over Snowden to U.S. authorities because he hasn't broken laws in Russia, Snowden appears to be stuck in Moscow since his passport has been revoked and no country has stepped forward to welcome him, although Ecuador is said to be close.

During a State Department briefing Wednesday, spokesman Patrick Ventrell said there's a way out for Snowden.  The U.S. government would gladly offer him a one-way ticket back home where he would face arrest and a likely trial for stealing secrets.

Since Snowden can't use a voided passport for travel visas, it will be up to the Russian government to decide where and how he can move around.

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