Edward Snowden, who fled prosecution after revealing classified US programs, has reportedly taken the Russian citizenship oath and been given a passport.
Snowden gets a Russian passport: report
Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who exposed the scale of secret surveillance by the NSA, has sworn an oath of allegiance to Russia and received a Russian passport, TASS reports.
“Yes, he got (a passport), he took the oath,” Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s lawyer, told the state news agency.
Snowden, 39, did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment on the report.
“This is still a criminal investigative matter,” White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Friday, referring any questions about the report on Snowden to the US Department of Justice, which declined to comment.