Snowden will leave Russia as soon as he can: Putin

Agence France-Presse
Russian President Vladimir Putin said US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden would leave Russia as soon as he is able.

LEAVING WHEN ABLE. A photo made available by Human Rights Watch shows former CIA employee-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow 12 July 2013. EPA/Tanya Lokshina /Human Rights Watch handout

MOSCOW, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has been stuck in a Moscow airport for 3 weeks, would leave Russia as soon as he is able.

He also accused Washington of preventing the fugitive from leaving Russia after he arrived from Hong Kong on June 23. “He arrived on our territory uninvited, he did not fly to us,” Russian news agencies quoted Putin as saying.

“They themselves scared off all the other countries, no one wants to take him, and therefore they essentially themselves trapped him on our territory,” added the president, according to the agencies. – Rappler.com

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