Report: Edward Snowden Asks To Stay In Russia

Source: Anna Arutunyan and Aaron Tilton / USA Today

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden will have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wants to get asylum in Russia from espionage charges in the United States.

“There is one condition if he wants to remain here: He must stop his work aimed at damaging our American partners. As odd as it may sound from me,” Putin told a news conference in Moscow, reported RT television network.

Interfax news agency quoted consular desk official Kim Shevchenko as saying that British citizen Sarah Harrison – an aide to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange – asked the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday to grant Snowden political asylum.

However, Interfax also cited the head of Russia’s Migration Service Konstantin Romodanovsky as saying his agency had not received such a request.

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