WASHINGTON — Russian President Vladimir Putin granted citizenship on Monday to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
Snowden's identify seems as one among roughly 70 international nationals listed in a decree and accredited by Putin for Russian citizenship.
The former NSA intelligence officer turned U.S. authorities whistleblower, fled to Hong Kong and later to Russia in to evade federal prosecution after leaking categorised paperwork to journalists. He was granted asylum in Russia in 2013 and later everlasting residency. Snowden, 39, has remained in Russia ever since.
Putin's choice to grant Snowden citizenship comes simply days after ordering roughly 300,000 folks to be part of the battle in Ukraine.
The subsequent information experiences from greater than 7,000 categorised paperwork revealed the internal workings of a colossal U.S. authorities surveillance operation. Intelligence officers have beforehand mentioned that Snowden could have taken 1.7 million categorised recordsdata.
Stories printed in The Guardian and The Washington Post uncovered an enormous government-run spy program that monitored communications of criminals, potential terrorists and law-abiding residents alike. Other accounts documented how Washington additionally secretly monitored a few of America's closest allies, like then-German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Snowden was charged with theft of U.S. authorities property, unauthorized communication of nationwide protection data and willful communication of categorised communications intelligence. The expenses carry a jail sentence of up to 30 years.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price mentioned that Washington's place on the previous U.S. intelligence contractor has not modified. He added that he was not conscious of any change to Snowden's American citizenship standing.
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