Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday granted Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who fled to Russia in 2013 after leaking classified documents about NSA surveillance programs.
Snowden, 39, has been a permanent resident of Russia since 2020 and has reportedly been seeking full citizenship for some time. The U.S. government wants Snowden to return to America to face espionage charges.
Putin granted Snowden citizenship in a decree that listed over 70 other foreign-born persons. The decree included no special commentary about Snowden’s case.