In a decree published this Monday, September 26, President Vladimir Putin granted Russian nationality to Edward Snowden, a former employee of the United States National Security Agency (NSA). Who is there? Refugees in Russia since 2013 after leaving the United States.
The decree, published on the Russian government’s website, includes Snowden’s name along with dozens of others. Edward Snowden, 39, is claimed by the United States to leak thousands of documents to the press Which proves the breadth of electronic surveillance practiced by Washington.
His leaks caused strong tension between the United States and its allies. And the decision by the Russian authorities to grant him a residence permit caused a lot of anger in Washington. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the RIA Novosti agency that Snowden himself applied for Russian citizenship.
The Russian lawyer for the former intelligence adviser, Anatoly Kucherena, specified that Snowden would not be affected by the mobilization order for the offensive in Ukraine, which was decided last week by President Vladimir Putin for certain categories of the population.
“He has not served in the Russian army and therefore, according to our current law, he does not fall into this category of civilians who are being called in,” he told the RIA Novosti agency. According to Peskov, Snowden’s partner Lindsay Mills also applied for Russian citizenship and their daughter already has it, having been born in Russia.
Edward Snowden, deprived of his US passport at the request of Washington officials, arrived in Moscow from Hong Kong in 2013 with the idea of seeking asylum in Latin America. He was eventually blocked in Russia, where he was given asylum.
Julian Assange, Snowden had no luck
WikiLeaks and Assange brought to light a series of scandals regarding the actions of the United States government and its military. For example, diaries of the war in Afghanistan revealed civilian killings, friendly shootings, and ties between Pakistan and the Taliban.
Similarly, they published information about systematic torture in Iraq, the killing of civilians classified as terrorists, rape and sexual abuse by the Iraqi military. As well as thousands of telegrams involving dozens of countries, reports of torture and inhumane treatment at the Guantanamo prison, in which people were imprisoned without evidence or trial.
Although he was obtained under political asylum by the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012, Lenin Moreno’s government withdrew that asylum in 2019, for He was arrested by British authorities for extradition to the United States, a decision that has now been confirmed after years of delay.
He is currently being held at Belmarsh High Security Prison, where his physical and mental condition continues to deteriorate. Out of the 24 hours of the day, 23 are confined to seclusion and are given only 45 minutes of exercise in the open air, where the rest of the prison is completely emptied so that they have no contact with anyone. prisoner
With info from AFP