WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Edward Snowden has reportedly applied to extend his asylum in Russia.
According to The Moscow Times, Snowden filed an official petition to extend his asylum for another year to the Federal Migration Service. He had a June 30 deadline to re-up his asylum as his current one-year asylum status expires next month.
An official tells The Moscow Times that Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia for another year if the petition is granted.
Snowden has been hiding in Russia since leaking National Security agency documents last year.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News in May, Snowden claims the State Department stranded him in the former Soviet Union.
“I personally am surprised that I ended up here,” Snowden explained to NBC News. “The reality is I never intended to end up in Russia. I had a flight booked to Cuba onwards to Latin America and I was stopped because the United States government decided to revoke my passport and trap me in Moscow Airport.”
Snowden added: “So when people ask why are you in Russia, I say, ‘Please ask the State Department.’”
Snowden revealed to the world last year how the NSA spies on American citizens and world leaders alike.
Snowden fled Hawaii for Hong Kong before being granted temporary asylum by Russia.
The exiled former NSA contractor also told NBC News that he was “trained as a spy” and worked undercover overseas.