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Putin grants Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden

Former national security contractor fled U.S. after leaking secret files in 2013

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is seen on a screen during an interview via video link at the New Knowledge educational online forum in Moscow in September 2021.   © Reuters

(Reuters) -- President Vladimir Putin on Monday granted Russian citizenship to former U.S. 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.

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