Putin grants NSA leaker Edward Snowden Russian citizenship

Snowden fled the US in 2013 before leaking a trove of classified documents detailing the NSA’s mass surveillance programme

Bevan Hurley
Tuesday 27 September 2022 16:55 BST
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Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Russian president signed a decree granting citizenship to 75 foreign nationals, according to the Associated Press.

Mr Snowden, a former security contracter, fled the United States in 2013 before leaking a trove of classified documents detailing the mass surveillance programme of the US’s intelligence apparatus.

The 39-year-old became a wanted man and sought shelter from extradition in Russia after his passport was revoked by US authorities.

He was granted permanent residency in 2020 and said at the time that he planned to apply for Russian citizenship, without renouncing his US citizenship.

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