Sounds like Snowden is settling down permanently in Putin’s Russia.
According to a report from Fox News, U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted permanent Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin, himself. Snowden, 39, fled to Russia after revealing sensitive information about American surveillance operations conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA).
Snowden had previously been granted permanent residency.
From Fox News:
The country first granted Snowden asylum in 2014 and has since resisted calls to extradite him to the U.S. Snowden faces espionage charges that could land him in prison for up to 30 years in the U.S.
Snowden stated in 2019 that he would be willing to return to the U.S. on the condition that he got a fair trial.
“That is the ultimate goal, but if I’m going to spend the rest of my life in prison then my one, bottom-line demand that we all have to agree to is that at least I get a fair trial,” Snowden told “CBS This Morning” at the time.
Former President Donald Trump had stated he was considering Snowden’s case for a potential pardon in 2020, but never took action.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, has been one of Snowden’s major allies in the U.S., saying the whistleblower unveiled schemes by the U.S. government to surveil American citizens both here and abroad.
More over at Fox News:
BREAKING: Vladimir Putin grants full Russian citizenship to Edward Snowdenhttps://t.co/LgP0WOElYD
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 26, 2022