No change: Russia won’t extradite Snowden to United States
A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin says Russia has not budged from its refusal to extradite US leaker Edward Snowden, who has applied for asylum. Snowden, who is believed to have been staying at Moscow airport transit zone since june 23, applied for temporary asylum in Russia last week.
US wants him sent home to face prosecution for espionage. Asked whether the government’s position had changed, Dmitry Peskov said, ‘Russia has never extradited anyone and never will.’ Peskov also said Putin is not involved in reviewing Snowden’s application or discussions of ex-nsacontractor’s future with us, though the Russian security service, the FSB, had been in touch with the FBI.