Putin: Snowden Can Stay If...
...he stops 'harming our US partners'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 1, 2013 10:29 AM CDT
Vladimir Putin speaks to the media following a meeting with the Finland's President Sauli Niinisto at the presidential summer residence Kultaranta in Naantali, Finland, June 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Kimmo Mantyla)

(Newser) – Forget Ecuador; Vladimir Putin says Edward Snowden can stay in Russia if he's so inclined—on one condition. "If he wants to remain here he must stop his work aimed at damaging our American partners," he said at a news conference, according to RT. "As odd as it may sound from me." Putin added that Snowden "is not a Russian agent," and not working with Russian intelligence.

Snowden's plan to go to Ecuador is looking shakier every day, the Wall Street Journal reports, with Ecuador President Rafael Correa saying yesterday that Snowden was "not in our hands," and that it was up to Russia whether to allow him to travel to the Ecuadorean embassy in Moscow to seek asylum. But Putin doesn't seem too inclined to stop Snowden; he said today that Snowden should choose and travel to his ultimate home soon.

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freedomafactor
Jul 2, 2013 1:35 PM CDT
KGB is spying in USA on innocent civilians in process of establishing domination in this new COLONY. US is spying too, but do they understand this info, do they know how to analize.?? What is IQ of those spies?.How soon US can react to useful info- week later, month later or never. Is this info actually going to Kremlin??.
JT119
Jul 2, 2013 8:40 AM CDT
................If he wants to remain here he must stop his work aimed at damaging our American partners,"
iq145
Jul 1, 2013 10:42 PM CDT
Atta boy, Vlad. Impale him! Snowden should travel to his ultimate home soon... That being HELL