A Russian lawyer advising former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told the Interfax news agency Wednesday that the U.S. fugitive could be close to seeing daylight for the first time since arriving at the Moscow airport weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“The question of granting him temporary shelter will not take more than one week,” Kremlin-linked lawyer Anatoly Kucherenko told the news agency, as quoted by the Journal. “I think he will be able to leave the transit zone in the next few days.”
Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia on Tuesday.
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