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Snowden Says He Wants To Return To United States

Snowden Says He Has No Relationship With The Russian Government
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WATCH: Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden says he has never met Russian President Vladimir Putin and that he destroyed the information he held regarding U.S. electronic surveillance programs before traveling to Russia. Snowden spoke in an interview with Brian Williams of NBC News. (Reuters)

Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has said in an interview aired on U.S. television that he would like to return to the United States, but would stay in Russia longer if necessary.

Snowden is wanted in the United States on charges of espionage after leaking secret documents to journalists that revealed extensive spying on U.S. citizens and international leaders by the U.S. National Security Agency.

Interviewed in a Moscow hotel, Snowden said he leaked the revelations because he was a "patriot."

He denied he was working with the Russian government, which has given him asylum.

Earlier on May 28, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Snowden had seriously damaged U.S. security by leaking intelligence and had "betrayed his country."

Kerry said Snowden should "man up" and return to the United States for trial.
Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, dpa, AFP, and Huffington Post