Russia grants citizenship to Edward Snowden

Posted on AllSides September 26th, 2022
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Anti-surveillance whistleblower — and accused spy — Edward Snowden was granted Russian citizenship Monday, according to a decree signed by Vladimir Putin.

The former NSA contractor was among 75 foreign nationals given Russian citizenship with the stroke of Putin’s pen.

Snowden has been living in Russia since 2013, when he fled there after leaking classified documents that revealed the mass surveillance of American citizens by their own intelligence apparatus.

The Russian passport was granted at Snowden’s request, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Snowden said in 2020 that he would be seeking...

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