BALTIMORE (WJZ) — U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia for three more years.

U.S. authorities have charged the former Maryland resident with espionage and theft of government property.

Snowden’s attorney announced today that Russia granted his request to extend his residency. Snowden’s temporary asylum in Russia ended on July 31.

Snowden fled the United States after leaking classified documents about NSA spying.

He’d been holed up at Moscow airport for five weeks before the Russian government granted asylum for one year on August 1,2013.

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