Putin told of Snowden's plans
VLADIMIR Putin was told of Edward Snowden's intention to seek refuge in Russia while the NSA contractor was still in Hong Kong, the Russian president has admitted.
Mr Putin said he sympathised with the US anger at the whistleblower, but denied that Mr Snowden had supplied any secrets to the Russians.
"That was top secret information, and if one of our guys had caused similar damage to us, of course I'd strive to make sure he was held accountable to the full weight of Russian law," he said.
"The problem isn't that we're defending Mr Snowden. We're not. The problem is that we don't have an extradition treaty with the US. We've proposed one many times, and only ever received a refusal," he told Russia's Channel 1 and the Associated Press. (© Daily Telegraph, London)