Putin: Edward Snowden still in airport, won't be extradited

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by CBS News

KMOV.com

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 4:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 12:28 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is in the transit zone of a Moscow airport and will not be extradited to the United States.

Putin said that Snowden hasn't crossed the Russian border and is free to travel elsewhere.

Speaking on a visit to Finland Tuesday, he added that Russian security agencies "didn't work and aren't working" with Snowden. He gave no more details.

Commenting on a U.S. request to extradite him, Putin said that Russia doesn't have an extradition agreement with the U.S. and thus wouldn't meet the U.S. request.

He voiced hope that Snowden will depart as quickly as possible and that his stopover at Moscow's airport wouldn't affect bilateral ties.

Earlier Tuesday, Russia's foreign minister also rejected U.S. demands to extradite Snowden.

Sergey Lavrov said that Snowden hadn't crossed the Russian border and insisted that Russia has nothing to do with him, his relations with U.S. justice or his travel plans.

"He chose his itinerary on his own," Lavrov insisted. "He has not crossed the Russian border."

Lavrov said that accusing Russia of "violation of U.S. laws and even some sort of conspiracy" with regard to Snowden is "absolutely ungrounded and unacceptable."

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