Russia Grants Snowden Asylum Despite U.S. Demands

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After being stuck at the international airport in Moscow for a month, NSA leaker Ed Snowden has finally found freedoms—at least for the next year.

Russia granted the leaker asylum yesterday, allowing him to leave the airport.

The decision to allow Snowden to stay in the country has soured relations with the United States, which has repeatedly requested that Russia extradite Snowden.

“We are extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step despite our very clear and lawful requests in public and private that Mr. Snowden be expelled and returned to the United States,” Jay Carney, White House press secretary, said at a news conference yesterday.

The Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceAndrew Weiss, has some ideas for a diplomatic solution. Mr. Weiss served as the Russia adviser for Presidents Clinton and George H.W. Bush.

Steve Myers, New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief, explains the response on the ground.