Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » World
1-min read

Edward Snowden Lawyer Says Extradition Report is 'Speculation'

Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer on Saturday dismissed a US report that Moscow was considering extraditing the NSA whistleblower as a "gift" to President Donald Trump.

AFP

Updated:February 11, 2017, 7:14 PM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
Twitter CEO, Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Edward Snowden, Interview, Espionage Act, U.S., Russia,m Technology News
File photo of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. (Photo: Reuters)

Moscow: Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer on Saturday dismissed a US report that Moscow was considering extraditing the NSA whistleblower as a "gift" to President Donald Trump.

Anatoly Kucherena, who has represented Snowden since his arrival in Russia in 2013, told Interfax news agency that "Russia has no legal basis to hand over Snowden."

US channel NBC yesterday quoted a senior US official with access to highly sensitive intelligence reports as saying Russia was considering the move "to curry favour" with Trump.

Snowden's US lawyer Ben Wizner told NBC that he was not aware of such plans.

"All this talk is just ordinary speculation. Someone is indulging in wishful thinking," Kucherena said, insisting that Snowden "lives in Russia absolutely lawfully."

The former National Security Agency contractor shook the American intelligence establishment to its core in 2013 with a series of devastating leaks on mass surveillance in the US and around the world.

He has been living in exile in Russia since the summer of 2013 after spending weeks in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.

Russia's immigration service in January extended Snowden's residency permit to 2020.

"Russia doesn't trade in people and human rights, although American secret services constantly try to draw us into various acts of provocation," Kucherena said.

Snowden wrote on Twitter yesterday that the NBC report was "irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian

intel."

"No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear they're next," wrote Snowden.

The US has charged him with espionage and theft of state secrets after he released thousands of classified documents in 2013.

Former CIA acting director Michael Morell in an opinion piece in January suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin could hand over Snowden to mark Trump's inauguration that month.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded by condemning what she called a proposal to "hand over those who seek protection."

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

| Edited by: Ashutosh Tripathi
Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results