Snowden Balks at Putin’s Conditions for Asylum – Stop Hurting the U.S.

Tue Jul 2, 2013 AT 12:06 PM EDT

Less than a day after applying for asylum in Russia, NSA leaker Edward Snowden balked at a big condition placed on his request by Vladimir Putin: that he stopped hurting the U.S., reports the Washington Post. Meanwhile, The New York Times is reporting Putin resisted efforts by the U.S. to persuade the Russian government to extradite  Snowden, making it clear that Russia would not comply. “Russia never gives up anyone to anybody and is not planning to,” Putin declared. Snowden also issued a public statement criticizing the Obama administration, which apparently has been working diligently behind the scenes to close asylum options for him. See Snowden’s statement here.

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