Snowdens passport was revoked by the US the day before he flew from Hong Kong to Moscow .
He left Hong Kong and entered Russia using a revoked passport - he didn't seek asylum in Russia because of the revoked passport, he entered Russia because that had already been agreed with the Russian authorities. Snowden had been talking with the Russians during his stay in Hong Kong.
Snowdens application of asylum in Russia was after he handed his treasure trove over to a reporter in Hong Kong.
So its not fake news - the sentence you cite is actually 100% accurate. What we really have here is you trying to discredit CNN.