MOSCOW, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Russian security serviced didn't question former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden over intelligence of Russia, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
"We do not work and have never worked with him in the operative respect, we do not ask him questions about what and how was done in regard to Russia in the unit with which he was formerly employed," Putin told an annual press conference.
Putin said he would never met Snowden personally as he was too busy. "Millions of people reconsidered their views, including big political leaders," thanks to the whistleblower, said the Russian president.
"When I came across it, I though how and where he is going to live further? This is noble but difficult choice. We gave him a chance to live his way on conditions he wouldn't harm U.S. interests. We just gave him asylum," he added.
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MOSCOW, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Friday called on the international community to remain focused on the problems highlighted by the information made public by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on cellphone location data around the world, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday citing the latest leak by former defense Edward Snowden.
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Snowden not paid for revealing information: lawyer
MOSCOW, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Former employee of the U.S. National Security Agency Edward Snowden was not paid for revealing classified information, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said.
In an interview with the government's Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily, published Tuesday, the lawyer said Snowden's financial situation proved he was an altruist. Full story
UK spy chiefs: Snowden's leaks damage anti-terror operations
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Germany to examine ways to question Snowden in Russia
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Russian pop singer to meet Snowden on U.S. tapping
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