11 February 2017
Whistleblower Edward Snowden has seized on a report that Russia is considering sending him back to the U.S. as a “gift” to Donald Trump, saying that the story vindicates him of charges that he is a spy.
“Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel,” he wrote on Twitter.
“No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear they’re next.”
Snowden was responding to a report by NBC which stated that U.S. intelligence had collected information that Russia wanted to hand Snowden over in order to “curry favour” with Trump, who has said that the former NSA contractor is a “traitor” and a “spy” who deserves to be executed.
Also responding to the report, Snowden’s ACLU lawyer, Ben Wizner, said he was unaware of any plan to return his client to the U.S.
“Team Snowden has received no such signals and has no new reason for concern,” Wizner said.