A picture of Edward Snowden is seen on a computer screen displaying a page of a Chinese news website, in Beijing in this June 13, 2013 photo illustration. Reuters/Jason Lee

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden can stay in Russia for three more years, his lawyer said Thursday. Snowden’s leaks of NSA programs have led supporters to consider him a whistleblower while those who disagree with his tactics view him as a traitor to the United States.

Last year, Snowden was given temporary asylum in Russia, which expired Aug. 1. Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told Russian news agencies Thursday that Snowden was granted three more years of residency in Russia, the Associated Press reported.