Snowden granted 3 years residency in Russia

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

The Russian government has granted intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden a residence permit, valid for up to three years from August 1. Snowden previously had been granted a one-year grant of temporary political asylum that expired July 31.

Residency status, says Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, allows him to travel freely in Russia, go abroad for not more than three months, and apply for citizenship if he desires.  Until now, Snowden has been unable to seek asylum in another country because the U.S. State Department revoked his American passport on June 22, 2013, trapping him in Russia as he was passing through Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

Snowden in “precarious” position after asylum status expires

Edward Snowden’s temporary asylum authorization from Russia expired yesterday, a development that puts him in a “precarious” position according to Amnesty International. Available information indicates that Snowden currently has “temporary leave to remain” while he waits for the Russian government to approve his request for an extension of asylum status for another year. The US government revoked Snowden’s US passport last year, leaving him in “legal limbo,” Amnesty reports.

Snowden’s asylum set to expire July 31

Edward Snowden’s current grant of asylum from the Russian government expires on July 31, but his request for a one-year extension has not yet been granted.  Snowden’s attorney, Anatoly Kucherena told the Interfax news agency, “We have filed documents to extend his stay on the territory of Russia.” (Los Angeles Times).

Software flaw may have exposed whistleblower identities

The anonymity of whistleblowers who disclosed secrets online to news or nonprofit organizations may have been compromised. Forbes reports that Exodus Intelligence claims to have discovered “critical unpatched flaws” in Tails, the computer operating system that is used by news and nonprofit organizations to communicate privately with whistleblowers like Edward Snowden

“The flaws work on the latest version of Tails and allow for the ability to exploit a targeted user, both for de-anonymisation and remote code execution,” said Loc Nguyen a researcher at Exodus. Remote code execution means a hacker can do almost anything they want to the victim’s system, such as installing malware or siphoning off files. (Forbes)

Donations pour in to save whistleblower’s home

June 15, 2014

Father’s Day brought exciting news for CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, a father of five. Friday’s fundraiser succeeded in raising the $30,000 needed to save the family home from foreclosure. Kiriakou, who exposed CIA torture during the Bush administration, is currently serving a 30-month jail sentence.