Russian President Vladimir Putin might turn over famous American whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US as a “gift” to President Donald Trump, US intelligence agencies have claimed.
Returning the NSA whistleblower is one of the many plans that Putin’s government is considering in order to “curry favor” with the new American president, NBC News reported Friday, citing a senior US official who has analyzed a series of highly sensitive intelligence reports concerning Russia.
A second source within the US intelligence community confirmed the report, noting that the matter has been mentioned in Russian conversations and notes gathered since Trump’s January 20 inauguration.
Snowden, who fled t Russia in 2013, is currently wanted for treason and faces up to 30 years in prison for leaking government secrets. Trump has called him a “spy” and a “traitor” who deserves to be executed.