The Russian government extended the residence permit for Edward Snowden, former agent of U.S. special services. The ex-NSA employee will stay in this country for another two years, said Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Mariya Zakharova.
Thus, the Russian authority commented on the recent statement by ex-CIA deputy director Michael Morell. The former official surmised that Russia now has ‘a beautiful opportunity’ to make a present for the president-elect Donald Trump and hand Snowden over to the U.S. government.
‘The funniest thing is that the ex-deputy director is not aware that Russia has just extended Snowden’s residence permit for another couple of years,’ Zakharova posted at Facebook.
In turn, the White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that Snowden never sent the documents necessary for granting pardon procedure.
The U.S. congress puts Edwards Snowden as a criminal and demands his extradition from Russia, where the former agent escaped to back in summer 2013.
Edward Snowden is an American computer professional, ex-CIA employee and former contractor for the United States government, who copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 without prior authorization. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance, with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments.