04:28 GMT02 December 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US whistleblower Edward Snowden does not intend to return to the United States from Russia until all charges against him have been dropped, his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told Sputnik on Thursday.

    "He does not intend to return to the United States until all criminal prosecution against him is terminated", Kucherena said.

    The lawyer went on to say that Snowden's health is fine and that "he tries to be self-isolating", and avoids public places as much as possible during the pandemic.

    A day prior, Kucherena revealed that Snowden had received a permanent residence permit in Russia.

    Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden addresses attendees through video link at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019
    © AP Photo / Armando Franca
    Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden addresses attendees through video link at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

    Snowden, formerly an intelligence contractor, has been living in Russia since 2013. He fled the United States after leaking classified documents showing that the National Security Agency was collecting the telephone records of millions of US citizens. He is wanted in the United States on espionage charges.

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