Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a business roundtable session 'Russia - USA' at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia, June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Mikhail Metzel/TASS/Host Photo Agency/Pool
Reuters: Putin says Snowden was wrong to leak secrets, but is no traitor
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he believes former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was wrong to leak U.S. spy secrets, but is no traitor.
Snowden, 33, was given asylum in Russia in 2013 after leaking classified information about U.S. spy operations. His lawyer said in January Snowden had the right to remain in Russia until 2020 and to apply for Russian citizenship next year.
Putin, a former KGB officer and ex-head of Russia's FSB security service, made his comments about Snowden in an interview with U.S. film director Oliver Stone, excerpts of which were released ahead of its broadcast by U.S. TV network Showtime from June 12.
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WNU Editor: If a Russian defense contractor did what NSA contractor and leaker Edward Snowden did .... Russian President Putin would have no problems signing the execution orders.
Some more remarks from President Putin at a forum in Saint Petersburg today ....
Putin ridicules allegations of collusion between Trump aides and Russian officials -- Washington Post
Putin jokes about climate change, US hegemony at St. Petersburg forum -- TASS
Vladimir Putin to Megyn Kelly: Even Children Could Hack an Election -- NBC
Putin scorns US claims over Trump-Russia ties -- BBC
Putin: Claims of Russian meddling in U.S. election are 'just some kind of hysteria' -- L.A. Times
Putin says Russian meddling claims remind him of “anti-semitism” -- VICE News