Most Russians believe that fugitive former US intelligence worker Edward Snowden had only wanted the world to know about the American government infringing on private lives, a new poll showed Thursday.

Only 26 percent of respondents to the state survey, conducted last month, said Snowden’s move was directed “at discrediting American special services … and tarnishing the reputation of the American government.”

Fifty-two percent said Snowden “wanted to open the eyes of international society to the activities of special services and inform people about the danger of intrusion in their private lives.”