Russian President Vladimir Putin says that NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is stranded in a Russian airport, is welcome to stay in Russia as long as he stops hurting the United States. I’m thinking another translation could be that Snowden can stay as long as he stops blabbing US secrets to the rest of the world and only divulges them to Russia.
President Vladimir V. Putin said on Monday that Edward J. Snowden, the former national security staffer accused of espionage, would not receive political asylum in Russia unless he stopped publishing classified documents that hurt the interests of the United States.
At a news conference here, Mr. Putin said that since it appeared Mr. Snowden was going to continue publishing leaks, his chances of staying in Russia were slim. Mr. Putin also pushed back against efforts by the United States to persuade the Russian government to extradite Mr. Snowden, making it clear that Russia would not comply.
“Russia never gives up anyone to anybody and is not planning to,” Mr. Putin said.
Mr. Snowden applied for political asylum in Russia late on Sunday night, according to Kim Shevchenko, an official at the Russian consulate at Sheremetyevo Airport here. Mr. Shevchenko said Sarah Harrison, a WikiLeaks activist who is traveling with Mr. Snowden, hand-delivered his request to the consulate in Terminal F of the airport. (Read More)
In the mean time, Snowden’s father is trying to work out a deal with US authorities that would allow Snowden to remain free while awaiting trial if he turns himself in and comes back to the US.