Russian President Vladimir Putin granted Russian citizenship to Snowden on Monday.
The US State Department believes that former intelligence officer Edward Snowden should return to the country and face trial. This was announced on Monday, September 26, by department spokesman Ned Price. The State Department broadcast the speech on YouTube.
He emphasized that Washington’s position on the former US intelligence officer has not changed.
“Former National Security Agency (NSA) official Edward Snowden, despite receiving Russian citizenship, remains a citizen of the United States and must face American justice,” said the head of the US State press service Department.
“Perhaps the only thing that has changed is that, as a result of his Russian citizenship, it seems that he can now be called up to fight in Russia’s war in Ukraine,” he added.
Note that Vladimir Putin granted Russian citizenship to former US National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden. The corresponding order was published on Monday on the official legal information portal.
Recall that in 2013, Snowden gave The Washington Post and The Guardian secret information about the surveillance programs of the US and UK intelligence agencies. After that, he fled to Hong Kong, and then to Moscow, where he spent a long time at Sheremetyevo Airport, applied to 27 states for political asylum, but was rejected everywhere. Then he was forced to stay in Russia.
It will be recalled that the former employee of the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States, Edward Snowden, who was accused by American law enforcement officials of espionage, has a son.
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