Intelligence report has it that Russia is considering returning Edward Snowden to the U.S. as a gift to President Donald Trump.

Citing unnamed U.S. intelligence sources, NBC News, said Moscow is willing to hand the whistleblower over to the American authorities.

The claims are based on a reported analysis of intelligence reports and are seen as evidence of Vladimir Putin trying to curry favour with Trump.

Snowden, who worked as a contractor at the National Security Agency’s  plant in Hawaii, has been sought by the U.S. authorities since he handed over details of widespread domestic surveillance to journalists in 2013.