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Edward Snowden is granted Russian citizenship by Putin almost a decade after he fled US for leaking NSA secrets English Headline


WHISTLEBLOWER Edward Snowden has been granted a Russian citizenship by Vladimir Putin almost a decade after fleeing the US after leaking classified documents from the National Security Agency.

Snowden, a former US intelligence contractor, fled the United States back in 2013 and was granted asylum in Russia after leaking sensitive files.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted whistleblower Edward Snowden a Russian citizenship

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted whistleblower Edward Snowden a Russian citizenshipCredit: Reuters

For years, US officials have wanted him returned to the United States to face a criminal trial on espionage charges.

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