Moscow is considering the possibility to transfer the former NSA employee Edward Snowden, who received four years ago for political asylum in Russia, USA – as part of a goodwill gesture in respect of the new White house administration.
About it reports on Sunday, February 12, the website of TV channel NBC News, citing unnamed official sources in the U.S. government and the reports of intelligence officers.
We will remind that the President of the United States Donald trump called Snowden a «disgusting traitor» and «spy who should be executed».
Note that in January of this year, the Russian government extended the period of stay Snowden for another two years. His lawyer Ben Visner, granted to a refugee by the American Union of civil liberties (ACLU), said in an interview with NBC that Snowden didn’t «have that information and sees no reason for concern.»
On his page in social network Twitter of Snowden commented on the rumors, saying that he considered them irrefutable proof that has never worked with Russian intelligence. «No country will trade spies, so as not to scare the rest», – he wrote in his microblog.
Russia is considering the drain as another attempt to discredit trump, taken by his political opponents, as stated by press Secretary of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena representing interests of the former contractor of the NSA and the CIA Edward Snowden, called reports of the alleged results of his client to the us authorities «speculation».
Kucherena said that Russia has no legal grounds to extradite Edward Snowden to the US authorities, as it does not violate Russian laws and live in this country legally, having received a residence permit, reports «Interfax».