Russia Extends Residence Permit for Snowden

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File)

Russian authorities have extended a residence permit for U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of secret documents from the National Security Agency.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in an online post late on Tuesday that Snowden’s residence permit had been extended for “a couple of years.”

Snowden has been living in Russia since 2013 when he got stuck in the transit area at a Moscow airport after the United States canceled his passport.

The announcement comes as President Barack Obama has commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, who was convicted for leaking more than 700,000 U.S. documents.