Russia cannot extradite to the United States a former employee of the national security Agency (NSA) Edward Snowden. This was stated by Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, speaking at School of advanced international studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington.
“We have neither the moral nor legal right to transfer it into the hands of American justice”, the Ambassador said, quoted by RIA “Novosti”. The diplomat reminded that Russia and the U.S. have no agreement on extradition of persons suspected of committing crimes.
Edward Snowden, who worked at the NSA and the CIA, in 2013, made public the information about the electronic surveillance of the American secret services, including illegal wiretapping of conversations of 35 heads of different States. Snowden’s revelations have caused a diplomatic scandal.
After the publication in the press of the collected information, Edward Snowden flew to Hong Kong and then to Moscow, where some time was in the transit area of the capital airport. Fleeing persecution by the U.S., Snowden has sent requests for asylum to the authorities in more than 20 countries, including Russia. Moscow provided the American’s temporary asylum for a year. 1 Aug 2014 he has got a residence permit in Russia for three years. Since then, Snowden is in Russia.
In the United States of Snowden accused of espionage and theft of government property. At home he faces up to 30 years in prison. The us Director of National intelligence James Clapper said that Snowden’s activities have caused great damage to the United States.
In September, Edward Snowden has condemned the policy of the government of the Russian Federation in the field of human rights and freedom of speech on the Internet, stating that Moscow is “very far gone, resorting to methods that are totally useless, expensive and destructive to personal and collective rights”.