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After living in a Moscow airport since June, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden began his temporary asylum Thursday by staying with Americans in the Russian capital whom he met online, his attorney said.
“He made a lot of friends here – and great for him that those Americans who live here and found about his situation and were in touch with him,” his Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said.
Sought by American authorities, Snowden is putting high emphasis on his security now that he can roam freely in Russia, according to his lawyer.
“He’s concerned about life and health because he believes that people from the American intelligence service are chasing him,” Kucherena said. “This is a superpower. And the statements made by the State Department recently are threatening to him.”
Russia’s awarding temporary asylum to Snowden – he can legally stay in Russia for one year, his lawyer said – has infuriated U.S. officials, so much so that they are reconsidering a planned meeting between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin next month in Moscow before a G-20 gathering in St. Petersburg, Russia.