Update — Aug. 7, 8:26 a.m. ET:
Edward Snowden's lawyer says the NSA whistleblower has been granted permission to remain in Russia for three more years, according to the Associated Press.
Interfax reports that Snowden has not been granted political asylum.
The BBC reported that the permit will allow Snowden to move freely and travel abroad.
The former NSA contractor fled the U.S. after leaking details of the agency's surveillance operations.
He was charged with theft of government property and communicating classified information.