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Russia will not extradite NSA leaker to US: Putin

Press TV

Russian President Vladimir Putin says NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden has committed no crime in Russia and will not be extradited to the United States.

Putin added on Tuesday that Moscow has no extradition agreement with the US, calling Washington’s accusations against Moscow as “ravings and rubbish.”

The Russian president said Snowden “did not cross the Russian border” and is still in transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Snowden is free to travel wherever he wants, noted Putin, saying that it is better for the former intelligence contractor to choose a destination as soon as possible.

The remarks follow statements by US Secretary of State John Kerry who recently said there would be “consequences” for Russia and China if they helped whistle-blower Edward Snowden in boarding a plane to Moscow in an attempt to reach a third country.

On Sunday, Snowden arrived in Moscow after he left Hong Kong to avoid US extradition.

Washington has reportedly revoked Snowden’s passport, with State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, saying the fugitive “should not be allowed to proceed in any further international travel, other than is necessary to return him to the US.”

Snowden leaked two top secret US government spying programs under which the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are eavesdropping on millions of American and European phone records and the Internet data from major Internet companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

Several US government officials including President Obama and FBI director Robert Mueller have defended the secret spying programs claiming that they are essential to the fight against terrorism.

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