Snowden gets travel documents about three months after Russian President Vladimir Putin granted him citizenship, says his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov says that Snowden has received Russian citizenship as a result of his own request.
Years after promising that it would stop spying on Americans, the country's intelligence agency is accused of running a secret programme that is undermining the country's democracy.
Apple software chief Craig Federighi said that the new tools do not make Apple's systems and devices less secure or confidential, adding "the technology is secure, and is expressly designed to preserve user privacy."
Snowden, who fled to Russia in the aftermath of the 2013 disclosures, says that the ruling was a vindication of his decision to go public with evidence of the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping operation.
Snowden fled the United States and was given asylum in Russia after he leaked a trove of secret files in 2013 to news organisations that revealed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the NSA.
Researchers uncover a large data breach thought to impact an estimated 17 million people of Ecuador, Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo says, including records belonging to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says had no other choice than to share top-secret documents with the world.
Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro laments what he called the "criminal invasion" of the phones of several prosecutors involved in a sprawling anti-graft probe that has put dozens of top politicians and businessmen behind bars.
The top Democrat on the panel earlier said he had proposed a compromise that would let intelligence agencies query a database of information on Americans in national security cases without a warrant.
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