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Russia not to extradite Snowden to US: Putin

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* The problem is that we and the US do not have an agreement on mutual extradition of criminals: Putin
* Russia has not received and did not wish to o
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* The problem is that we and the US do not have an agreement on mutual extradition of criminals: Putin
* Russia has not received and did not wish to obtain any secret information from Snowden

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will not extradite former US intelligence employee Edward Snowden back to the US as the two countries do not have an agreement on mutual extradition of criminals.

"The problem is not that we defended Snowden. We are not defending him in any way," Putin said in an interview with Channel 1 TV and the Associated Press ahead of a G20 summit in St. Petersburg, which was available on the Kremlin website Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
"The problem is that we and the United States do not have an agreement on mutual extradition of criminals," said the Russian president. He asserted that Moscow had invited Washington on numerous occasions to conclude such an agreement "but have been denied".
"We cannot judge whether Snowden committed some crime in the United States or not ... But we, as a sovereign country having no such agreements with the United States, cannot do anything but provide him with the opportunity to stay here," Putin said.
He added that Russia had not received and did not wish to obtain any secret information from Snowden.
Assange files charges
Berlin: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has filed charges in Germany claiming a US Marines intelligence officer spied on him during a Berlin computer conference four years ago, media reports said.
Assange said the spying at the Chaos Computer Club's 2009 annual congress was made public when the ex-Marine gave witness testimony in June this year in the military trial of WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, who was later sentenced to 35 years' jail.
The then Stuttgart-based Marine, identified in reports only as Matthew H, allegedly targeted Assange, who was speaking about the WikiLeaks platform, its German co-founder Daniel Domscheid-Berg and the French Internet activist Jeremie Zimmermann.
Assange argued that such intelligence activity is illegal in Germany, NDR public broadcaster and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily reported, citing his complaint to the federal prosecutor's office in the city of Karlsruhe.
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