Putin: Snowden in Moscow


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A Russian airline Aeroflot plane stands for boarding at Moscow's Sheremetievo Terminal D airport, in Moscow, Russia, 24 Jun 2013. Photo by EPA/Sergei Ilnitsky
Russian President Vladimir Putin reveals that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was still in a Moscow airport transit zone, rejecting calls for his extradition to the United States. Putin described the ex-intelligence contractor as a “free man” whose arrival in Russia was “completely unexpected” for the Russian authorities. His announcement ended two days of guessing over the whereabouts of the fugitive Snowden, who leaked revelations of US massive surveillance programs to the media and is now wanted by the US authorities. Snowden had been expected to board a flight for Cuba on Monday, June 24, reportedly on his way to seek asylum in Ecuador. But he never did and Putin appeared to confirm that the fugitive was still uncertain over his onward travel plans.

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