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[ISN] Edward Snowden Seeking to Join KGB Veterans Group
By Bill Gertz
Washington Free Beacon
July 24, 2013
Renegade National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied to join
a group of former Russian intelligence and security officials, according to the
Participation in a union of former KGB security, intelligence, and police
officials, would likely change Snowden’s status from that of a whistleblower
seeking to expose wrongdoing, to an intelligence defector who has changed
Alexei Lobarev, chairman of the group called "Veterans of the Siloviki" --
literally "men of power" -- told a Russian news outlet on Monday that Snowden,
who has been staying in a Moscow airport transit lounge for a month, applied
for membership in the group.
The state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Wednesday that the Russian
Federal Migration Service issued an official paper to Snowden that will allow
him to leave the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport as part of an
agreement with the Border Guard Service.
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