NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been granted a one year temporary asylum in Russia, and on Thursday he finally left the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. His lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told the news agency Russia Today that Snowden has been granted permission to live, work and travel inside of Russia -- a status can be renewed annually -- and that Snowden has no intention to leave for another country.
Snowden is reported to have left the airport in a taxi to an undisclosed location and is not yet ready to talk to the press, and his in the interview his lawyer said that Snowden will need to deal with his own security and lodging. But his lawyers also noted that Snowden has been learning the Russian language and reading classic Russian literature.
Is this going to be the exciting adventure that Snowden must have contemplated when he first thought to leak the NSA documents? Will he be able to get a job and eat and play like a Russian? Or will his life continue to move in slow, measured steps, with a host of people and responsibilities to attend to?
Robert English, Associate Professor of International Relations at USC