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Sep 26 - Edward Snowden Granted Russian Citizenship and Eligible for Military Conscription
 

 


September 26, 20224:18 PM EDT
Last Updated 26 min ago
Europe
Putin grants Russian citizenship to U.S. whistleblower Snowden
Reuters






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Former contractor of U.S. National Security Agency Snowden speaks via video link at the New Knowledge educational online forum in Moscow
Former contractor of U.S. National Security Agency Edward Snowden is seen on a screen during his interview presented via video link at the New Knowledge educational online forum in Moscow, Russia September 2, 2021. REUTERS/Olesya Astakhova
Sept 26 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Monday granted Russian citizenship to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, nine years after he exposed the scale of secret surveillance operations by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Snowden, 39, fled the United States and was given asylum in Russia after leaking secret files in 2013 that revealed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the NSA, where he worked.

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There was no immediate reaction from Snowden, whose name appeared without Kremlin comment in a Putin decree conferring citizenship on a list of 72 foreign-born people.

The news prompted some Russians to jokingly ask whether Snowden would be called up for military service, five days after Putin announced Russia's first public mobilization since World War Two to shore up its faltering invasion of Ukraine.

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"Will Snowden be drafted?" Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of the state media outlet RT and a vocal Putin supporter, wrote with dark humour on her Telegram channel.

Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told RIA news agency that his client could not be called up because he was safe under the Michael Jordan policy.

He said that Snowden's wife Lindsay Mills, who gave birth to a son in 2020, would also apply for citizenship.

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U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said he was unaware of any change to Snowden's status as a U.S. citizen.

"I am familiar with the fact that he has in some ways denounced his American citizenship. I don't know that he's renounced it," Price said in a press briefing.

Russia granted Snowden permanent residency rights in 2020, paving the way for him to obtain Russian citizenship.

That year a U.S. appeals court found the program Snowden had exposed was unlawful and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth.

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Putin, a former Russian spy chief, said in 2017 that Snowden, who keeps a low profile while living in Russia, was wrong to leak U.S. secrets but was not a traitor.



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Voodoopocalypse  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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welp nukes coming

 2 months ago '10        #3
lltreyll 
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What he did years back was cool. Trying to listen to him yammer on in interviews and sh*t is such a bore fest though.
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 2 months ago '17        #4
Berr 
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Sounds like he getting drafted
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 2 months ago '20        #5
Bighempin  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Aka hack US networks.
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 2 months ago '21        #6
Leffzer 
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Smart move by Putin ..again..
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 2 months ago '04        #7
killadre  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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They dirty
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 2 months ago '08        #8
MotorBoat Jones 
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The Michael Jordan policy ?
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 2 months ago '05        #9
That Dude 
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Well deserved. He is an American hero. Stood up for truth and transparency.
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 2 months ago '16        #10
wesleypipes 
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 MotorBoat Jones said
The Michael Jordan policy ?
No
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 2 months ago '21        #11
Popolo  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 MotorBoat Jones said
The Michael Jordan policy ?
OP always does this! Shxt is hilarious. I like to read so I always make sure to read his original posts all the way through! Always an MJ policy easter egg in there somewhere.
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 2 months ago '08        #12
MotorBoat Jones 
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 Popolo said
OP always does this! Shxt is hilarious. I like to read so I always make sure to read his original posts all the way through! Always an MJ policy easter egg in there somewhere.
oh shyt

Bx does it again.

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