Edward Snowden

Putin: Snowden's Welcome in Russia Conditional on Ending Leaks That Embarrass the U.S.

A little pressure

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President Vladimir Putin says NSA leaker Edward Snowden may stay in Russia, if he wants to, but only if he stops activities aimed against 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 media conference in Moscow.  

In Putin's opinion, Snowden considers himself "a fighter for human rights" and it seems unlikely that he is going to stop leaking American secret data.

However, Russia is not going to extradite Snowden, the president underlined.