Putin says Russia will not extradite Snowden to the US

President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia will not extradite Edward Snowdon. He confirmed that the wanted American was “still in the transit area of Moscow airport,” and free to pick his next destination – the sooner the better, said Putin.  Snowden, charged by the US with espionage for stealing and leaking classified intelligence, is seen in America variously as a whistleblower or a traitor. Russian services have never worked with the US fugitive, said Putin.
The Snowden issue has developed into a full-blown crisis between Washington and Moscow as well as Beijing, which earlier Tuesday sharply dismissed the US accusation that China facilitated the departure of Edward Snowden as “groundless and unacceptable.”
From his African tour, President Barack Obama brushed off questions about the case by referring it to the Justice Department.

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