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Putin: Snowden Must Stop “Damaging Our American Partners”

Source: AP / CBS News

MOSCOW – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Monday that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden will have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wants to get asylum in Russia, but added that Snowden has no plan to quit doing so.

President Barack Obama said there have been high-level discussions between the U.S. and Russia about Snowden’s extradition, but Putin repeated Russia’s stance that it has no intention of sending Snowden back to the United States.

He insisted that Snowden isn’t a Russian agent and that Russian security agencies haven’t contacted him.

The Interfax news agency said a Russian consular official confirmed that Snowden asked for political asylum in Russia. Interfax cited Kim Shevchenko, the duty officer at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s consular office in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, as saying that Snowden’s representative, Sarah Harrison, handed over his request Sunday. Reuters and the New York Times had previously reported that Snowden had applied for asylum.

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