Edward Snowden might soon be allowed to leave the so-called “sterile zone” in Russia’s Sheremetyevo airport, according to reports out of the country.
Russia’s Federal Migration Service has issued a letter to Snowden, through a lawyer, saying that he is free to enter Russian territory while he awaits the country’s decision on his temporary asylum, the BBC reported Wednesday, citing reports out of the country and its own sources. If Snowden acts on the document, he’ll be allowed to stay in Russia during the application process and will be given new clothes, according to the BBC.
Snowden made world headlines by leaking classified information on the U.S. National Security Agency’s tactics. Despite his claims that he’s simply a whistleblower acting in the interests of the American people, the U.S. government has charged him with espionage and wants him to be extradited back to the country to face the charges.