December 3, 2022

Putin granted Russian citizenship to former US security contractor Edward Snowden

Earlier, Edward Snowden was granted permanent residence in Russia in 2020 and at that time he said that he was thinking of applying for Russian citizenship without giving up his US citizenship.

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Former US security contractor Edward Snowden has been granted Russian citizenship under an agreement signed by Russian leaders.

According to a decree published on the official website, Edward Snowden is among 75 foreigners who have been granted Russian citizenship.

Edward Snowden, 39, is a former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the United States after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs and has been living in Russia since 2013 to avoid prosecution.

The leaked documents acknowledged operations by the National Security Agency at the domestic and international level, including operations against al-Qaeda.

Earlier, Edward Snowden was granted permanent residence in Russia in 2020 and at that time he said that he was thinking of applying for Russian citizenship without giving up his US citizenship.

In the same year, a US court found that the program exposed by Edward Snowden was illegal and that the US intelligence chief who publicly defended the program was lying.

On the other hand, US authorities have been trying for years to bring Edward Snowden back to the country to face criminal charges in the US on espionage charges.

The report stated that the decision to grant them citizenship by Russia comes at a time when relations between Washington and Moscow are suffering from severe deterioration due to Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Edward Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kachrina, told Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency that the ex-US contractor’s American wife Linsey Mills is currently living with him in Russia and will also apply for a Russian passport.

Edward Snowden and his wife Linsey Mills had a baby in December 2020, and their child has already received a Russian passport.

It should be noted that Edward Snowden, who lives in Russia, does not appear to be very active, but sometimes he criticizes the policies of the Russian government on social media.

He said in 2019 that he was willing to return to the United States if he was guaranteed a fair trial, and at the time did not comment on receiving Russian citizenship.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in 2017 that Edward Snowden had leaked US classified documents but was not a ‘traitor’.

The Russian president last week announced the mobilization of Russian men to increase the number of troops for the ongoing fight in Ukraine and said that Edward Snowden would not be included as long as he had no prior experience in the Russian military. No experience.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told news agencies that “Edward Snowden has been granted Russian citizenship at his request.”

It should be noted that Edward Snowden is wanted by the United States on charges of espionage, but he has taken refuge in Russia.

Edward Snowden is a former military contractor who escaped from the US and was involved in one of the biggest security leaks in US history and told the media how the NSA was used to spy on foreign leaders and countries. Sorts data and keeps track of it.

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