Tuesday, December 6, 2022

American Whistleblower Edward Snowden Granted Citizenship by Russia

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

A decree signed by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, on Monday granted Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden. Snowden is a former US intelligence contractor who fled to Russia to escape espionage charges in the US after exposing classified information.

The files exposed by Snowden reportedly revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) carried out vast domestic and international surveillance operations.

Snowden claimed in 2020 that he and his expectant wife had sought Russian citizenship so that they would not be separated from their unborn kid in a period of pandemics and closed borders, according to a report by the Guardian.

Prior to Snowden’s exposure of evidence to the contrary, senior US intelligence officials had officially maintained that the NSA had never intentionally acquired data from private phone records.

As soon as Snowden was granted citizenship by Putin, predictions on social media circulated that the whistleblower would soon be recruited into the Russian army and sent to fight in Ukraine as part of the nation’s nationwide mobilization drive.

After the release of top-secret documents regarding the surveillance practices of the US NSA in 2013, Snowden first flew to Hong Kong and then to Russia, where he sought asylum and currently resides.

The US charged Snowden with disclosing classified material, and espionage, and demanded his extradition from any country that provided him shelter.

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