FILE - Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden poses for a photo during an interview in an undisclosed location in December 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Barton Gellman/Getty Images)Russian President Vladimir Putin granted full Russian citizenship to U.S.
whistleblower Edward Snowden on Monday.Snowden, 39, fled the United States to Russia after revealing information about extensive surveillance operations being conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA).
He is now a Russian citizen by presidential decree, Reuters reported Monday.The announcement comes roughly two years after Russia granted Snowden permanent residency in the country.FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting on the military-industrial complex at the Kremlin, Sept.
20, 2022, in Moscow, Russia. (Contributor/Getty Images)The country first granted Snowden asylum in 2014 and has since resisted calls to extradite him to the U.S.