An asylum request note has emerged in Russian media which has apparently been scribbled by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
The ex-CIA agent escaped to Hong Kong long before his leaked classified U.S. intelligence documents were published in the newspapers. After that the NSA whistleblower was reported to have left for Russia where got stuck at an airport in Moscow.
Turns out, Snowden is actually looking forward to spend some more time in Russia since this hand-written note published by Russia Today is an application for temporary asylum to the Federal Migration Services of the Russian Federation on July 15th. Have a look:
The picture of the scribbled note has been taken by a Russian human rights lawyer Anatoly Kucherena who also said in an interview that Edward Snowden is scared that he could be tortured or face the death penalty.
The same Russian news source cites that according to Kucherena, Snowden is “indeed” in a very difficult situation. He did not understand Russia’s legislation and that is why it took him so long to file an application. The whistleblower doesn’t plan on moving to another country if he is granted asylum in Russia.
Snowden had also indicated ‘fear for his life’ in an interview in June saying he would never feel safe again because what he has done required great risk. The U.S. government filed criminal charges against the former intelligence agent and has issued strict warning against anyone who wishes to provide political asylum to Snowden.
For now, the fate of Edward Snowden lies in Russia’s hand (or land). It remains to be seen if he actually gets to stay there or not.