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Accused of espionage .. Putin grants American citizenship to Edward Snowden

Accused of espionage .. Putin grants American citizenship to Edward Snowden

was Snowden The 39-year-old fled the United States and was granted asylum in Russia after he leaked classified files in 2013 that revealed domestic and international surveillance by the US National Security Agency where he worked.

For years, US authorities have called for Snowden to be returned to the United States to face a criminal trial on espionage charges.

Snowden is one of the seventy-five foreigners included in the citizenship decree. The decree was published today via an official online portal of the Russian government.

Snowden information

  • Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) worked as a contractor for the National Security Agency before leaking details of the Prism spy program to the press.
  • In June 2013, Snowden leaked classified material from the National Security Agency, including the Prism program, to the Guardian and The Washington Post.
  • On June 21, 2013, the US judiciary formally charged him with espionage, theft of government property, unauthorized transmission of information related to national defense, and willful transfer of classified intelligence information to a person who is not permitted to view it.
  • On June 23, 2013, the Hong Kong government said that Snowden had left “without coercion of a third country by lawful and normal means”, a day after the United States submitted a request to the Hong Kong government for his speedy extradition.
  • Speaking to Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Snowden said he chose Hong Kong as a first destination because it provides “a culturally and legally appropriate framework to allow me to work without subject to immediate arrest”.
  • America announced that it had canceled Snowden’s passport, while Snowden confirmed that he had handed over all the documents in his possession to journalists when he was in Hong Kong, before heading to Russia.
  • He explained that he was able to protect the documents from Chinese intelligence thanks to the experience he gained from them while working at the National Security Agency.
  • Snowden received the 2013 Sam Adams Prize. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Snowden is a fugitive from US authorities who accuse him of espionage and theft of government property.
  • Snowden lives in an undisclosed location in Russia. He obtained a permanent resident card in 2020, and said at the time that he intended to apply for Russian citizenship, without giving up American citizenship.
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