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White House 'Extremely Disappointed' With Russia

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says it's extremely disappointed in Russia's decision to grant asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
    
White House spokesman Jay Carney says Snowden isn't a whistleblower or a dissident. He says it's not a positive development for U.S.-Russia relations and says the move undermines Russia's record of law enforcement cooperation with the U.S.
    
Carney says the White House is re-evaluating whether a planned fall summit with President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin should still occur.
    
Snowden's lawyer says the onetime NSA contract systems analyst has left the transit zone of a Moscow airport and has officially entered Russia after authorities granted him asylum for a year. Snowden has thanked Russia for giving him asylum and criticized the Obama administration as showing "no respect" for the law.

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MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden says the National Security Agency leaker has received asylum in Russia for one year and left the transit zone of Moscow' airport.
    
Anatoly Kucherena said he handed over the papers to Snowden on Thursday. He said Snowden left Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport where he was stuck since his arrival from Hong Kong on June 23.
    
Kucherena said that Snowden's whereabouts will be kept secret for security reasons.
    
The U.S. has demanded that Russia send Snowden home to face prosecution for espionage, but President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the request.
    
Putin had said that Snowden could receive asylum in Russia on condition he stops leaking U.S. secrets. Kucherena has said Snowden accepted the condition.

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