Russia granted citizenship to US whistleblower Snowden
Russian President Vladimir Putin granted Russian citizenship to 75 foreign nationals and the most prominent among them is ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. A decree was signed by the President which will formally give citizenship to 75 foreign nationals.
Edwards Snowden, a US whistleblower was living in political asylum in Russia with his wife and their one child. He is in Russia since 2013, to escape US prosecution. Former US contractor with National security agency had to flee the US after leaking classified intelligence documents. Vast domestic and international secret surveillance operation documents were leaked by Snowden.
Edward Snowden celebrated this milestone and tweeted “After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our SONS. After two years of waiting and nearly ten years of exile, a little stability will make a difference for my family. I pray for privacy for them—and us all,”
Reacting to this move by Putin, the state department spokesperson Ned Price said that the US is not aware of any change in Snowden’s American citizenship status change. He continued by saying “Our position has not changed. Mr. Snowden should return to the United States where he should face justice as any other American citizen would,” Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the US and Russia are at the brink of war.
Snowden’s counsel told the Russian media that his wife who is an American citizen will also be applying for a Russian passport. Their child is already a Russian citizen as he was born in Russia.