Putin grants Russian citizenship to U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden

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Edward Snowden on the cover of his book, "Permanent Record"
Edward Snowden on the cover of his book, “Permanent Record”

(JERUSALEM POST) — President Vladimir Putin on Monday granted Russian citizenship to former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, nine years after he exposed the scale of secret surveillance operations by the National Security Agency.

Snowden, 39, fled the United States and was given asylum in Russia after leaking secret files in 2013 that revealed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the NSA, where he worked.

Top US intelligence officials had publicly insisted the NSA had never knowingly collected data from private phone records, until Mr Snowden exposed evidence to the contrary.

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