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Edward Snowden has - finally - been allowed to leave Moscow airport

The fugitive US intelligence leaker had been staying in the airport for more than a month, but has been given temporary asylum in Russia.

Image: AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File

FUGITIVE US INTELLIGENCE leaker Edward Snowden has left Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for a safe location that will not be disclosed for security reasons, his lawyer said Thursday.

“He has gone to a safe place. I hope you will be understanding about this information,” his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Rossiya 24 television, holding up a scanned copy of Snowden’s certificate granting him a year’s temporary asylum in Russia.

Kucherena separately told AFP: “His location is not being made public for security reasons since he is the most pursued man on the planet. He himself will decide where he will go.”

- © AFP, 2013

Pic: This is Edward Snowden’s asylum application, according to his lawyer >

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