Putin on Snowden: “I don’t know how he is going to live. I’m saying this without any jokes or irony”

Vladimir Putin, Enrico Letta

Putin on Snowden during the St. Petersburg Economic Forum:

Vladimir Putin said that he had no idea about how the fate of Edward Snowden may evolve. He assured that the ex-CIA officer had not told anything to Russian security services.

“I do not even know. He is a young guy, I don’t know how he is going to live. I’m saying this without any jokes or irony. For the time being, he is here, but then what?” Putin said, answering questions at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.

“We only gave him shelter and that’s all. He is not our agent, he has not exposed any secrets to us. Bad guy, he could have shared something. We still gave him shelter, but he says nothing. He reveals his information through the channels that he knows, when he deems it necessary to publish something,” said Putin.

Putin added that if U.S. intelligence agencies had acted professionally, Edward Snowden would have been in prison a long time ago. “Why did they frighten the whole world? They frightened all countries. Snowden arrived at our transit zone, and then it turned out that nobody wanted to take him. If they hadn’t scared anyone, he would have flown somewhere, and they would have caught him on the way to another country. He’d be steaming in prison for a long time,” said Putin.

Putin continued: “They frightened everyone, he stayed with us in the transit area, and what do we do? Russia is not the country that delivers human rights defenders.”

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