01:25 GMT04 March 2021
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    US whistleblower Edward Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena on Tuesday called former CIA deputy director Michael Morell's call on Russia to extradite Snowden "an utter nonsense."

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Kucherena stressed that all the speculations on Snowden were coming from the former employees of US government agencies, who themselves should be held accountable for all the human rights violations they committed while in office.

    "Such statements of former CIA deputy director cause mixed feelings and are perceived solely as a kind of utter nonsense," Kucherena told RIA Novosti, commenting on Morrell's remark that Snowden's extradition may become "a perfect gift for Trump" on the occasion of his inauguration.

    In 2013, Snowden leaked classified documents pertaining to mass surveillance practices carried out by US authorities around the globe. The same year, Russia granted the whistleblower temporary asylum for one year. In August 2014, Snowden received a three-year residence permit to live in Russia.

    ​In the United States, Snowden faces up to 30 years in prison on charges of espionage and theft of government property.

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