A former employee of the national security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, who received political asylum in Russia, admitted that he would like to receive protection in France. He told France Inter.
Snowden explained that he had already applied for asylum in the country in 2013. The former NSA official stressed that he would be happy if the current French President Emmanuel Macron approved his statement.
“The saddest part of this story is that the only place where an American informant was able to speak was not Europe, but Russia,” Snowden added. He thinks supporting someone like him doesn’t mean declaring war on the US.
On September 13, Snowden said that he stopped being afraid of surveillance by American agents, began to lead a normal daily life and even got married. His chosen one was a friend of Lindsay Mills. They secretly married in Moscow two years ago.
In 2013, Snowden gave journalists publications The Guardian and the Washington Post documents, which spoke about the program of American intelligence agencies to spy on both US citizens and people outside the country. He fled the country and simultaneously requested political asylum from several dozen countries, including Russia. In 2014, he received permission to stay in Russia for three years, and then it was extended for the same period.
In the United States, Snowden is charged with illegal transfer of information of great importance to national security, intentional transfer of intelligence information and theft of state property. In total, he faces up to 30 years in prison.