Kremlin says unaware of Snowden's plans

MOSCOW Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:05am EDT

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an analyst with a U.S. defence contractor, is seen in this still image taken from video during an interview by The Guardian in his hotel room in Hong Kong June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/Courtesy of The Guardian/Handout via Reuters/Files

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an analyst with a U.S. defence contractor, is seen in this still image taken from video during an interview by The Guardian in his hotel room in Hong Kong June 6, 2013.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Sunday that he was unaware of the location or plans of former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

The South China Morning Post reported that Snowden had left Hong Kong on a flight for Moscow and that his final destination may be Ecuador or Iceland.

Asked whether Snowden was en route to Moscow and whether he had ask for asylum, Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he did not know. A Russian Foreign Ministry official declined immediate comment.

Peskov said earlier this month that Russia would consider granting Snowden asylum if he were to ask for it and pro-Kremlin lawmakers supported the idea, but there has been no indication the fugitive American has done so.

U.S. authorities have charged Snowden with theft of U.S. government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications intelligence to an unauthorized person, with the latter two charges falling under the U.S. Espionage Act.

The United States had asked Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, to send him home.

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Lidia Kelly and Pravin Char)

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Comments (2)
Shamizar wrote:
Russia will likely support Snowden until he no longer has any propaganda value, then they’ll put him to work in a factory making shoes or some other job that suits his level of ability.

Jun 23, 2013 7:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sam2sam wrote:
The depth of connections between high-tech corporate America and the NSA is not being fully revealed; we’re being lied to daily.

If you want to know what’s REALLY going and with all your personal data and what the NSA’s goal is, read this:

http://www.argusleader.com/article/20130620/VOICES05/306200011/My-Voice-Freedom-Rocks-federal-tyranny-versus-terrorism

Jun 23, 2013 8:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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