Former NSA Contractor to
Apply for Citizenship in Russia
November 02, 2020
Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said
on Twitter Monday that he and his wife are applying for Russian
citizenship, in addition to their American citizenship.
Snowden, 37, also announced he and Lindsay Mills are expecting a
“After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no
desire to be separated from our son. That's why, in this era of
pandemics and closed borders, we're applying for dual US-Russian
Snowden emphasized that the
couple have no intention to renounce their U.S. citizenship.
“Lindsay and I will remain Americans, raising our son with all the
values of the America we love - including the freedom to speak his
mind. And I look forward to the day I can return to the States, so
the whole family can be reunited.”
Snowden’s tweet comes weeks after Moscow granted him permanent
residency. Russia also has recently changed its strict laws to allow
individuals to hold dual citizenship, in their country of origin and
Snowden has been living in exile in Russia since 2013, after he
leaked information on U.S. Domestic and international surveillance
is wanted in the United States on espionage charges after he copied
and leaked secret files to The Guardian and The Washington Post
newspapers. Other major world newspapers picked up the story.
U.S. Public opinion is split whether to pardon Snowden.
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump said he would take a close
and careful look at the possibility of pardoning Snowden, but no
further comments have come from Trump since.
Days after Trump’s statement, in an interview with The Associated
Press, Attorney General William Barr said he would be “vehemently
opposed” to any attempt to pardon Snowden.
In 2015, then-president Barack Obama rejected a petition to pardon