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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

“No moral right”: the Ambassador explained why Moscow will not extradite Snowden


The Russian authorities have no moral or legal basis for extradition in the U.S. a former employee of the national security Agency (NSA) Edward Snowden, who for more than three years on the run, the American Themis in Russia. This was stated by Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.


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“We have neither the moral nor legal right to transfer it into the hands of American justice,” said the diplomat, speaking at Johns Hopkins University in Washington.

Kislyak also said that Russia and the United States there is no agreement on mutual extradition of persons suspected of committing crimes, RIA Novosti reported.

Three years ago, a former employee of U.S. intelligence Edward Snowden gave reporters documents showing the surveillance by his employers for Internet users and mobile communications.

The American was first forced to escape to Hong Kong and then to Russia. At the same time he more than a month and had to live in the transit area of the Sheremetyevo airport. August 1, 2013 he was granted temporary asylum, and then the residence permit.

In the USA he is accused in the illegal transfer of information that led to undermining the national security of the country. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

Edward Snowden. Chronicle of events
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