Snowden’s first tweet after granting him Russian citizenship by Putin’s decision

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The former contractor with the US National Security Agency, Edward Snowden, commented on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision, Monday, to grant him Russian citizenship.

Snowden said in a tweet on his official Twitter page: “After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I did not want to separate from our children… After two years of waiting and nearly 10 years in exile, a little stability will make all the difference to my family.” I pray for privacy for them – and for all of us.”

Snowden linked his tweet to a previous tweet he posted in 2020, in which he said: “After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I did not want to separate from our son. That is why, in the age of epidemics and closed borders, we are applying for dual US-Russian citizenship.”

Snowden has admitted to leaking information about US surveillance programs to the press, has been in Russia since 2013, faces espionage charges in the United States and faces up to 30 years in prison.

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