19:21 GMT01 March 2021
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    Whistleblower Edward Snowden is not cooperating with any intelligence agency, including Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said Monday refuting corresponding media reports.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Last week, media reports emerged claiming that Germany’s intelligence BND believed Snowden was cooperating with the Kremlin and Russian special services.

    "I can say that Edward has never broken his principle of not cooperating with any governments or any structures of any states, including Russian," Kucherena told RIA Novosti.

    According to Kucherena, Snowden made clear his position on the issue upon arrival in Moscow.

    Former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who made revelations about US global surveillance through leaking classified documents, was granted temporary asylum in Russia for one year in 2013 and later received a three-year residence permit. His whereabouts in Russia are a closely-guarded secret.

    Snowden's data leaks could cost him as much as 30 years in prison in the United States, where he is wanted on charges of espionage and theft of government property.


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