Russian President, Vladimir Putin has granted full Russian citizenship to U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Edward Joseph Snowden, an America born former computer intelligence consultant, leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013, when he was an employee and subcontractor of the agency.
The announcement comes roughly two years after Russia granted Snowden permanent residency in the country.
The country first granted Snowden asylum in 2014 and has since resisted calls by the US government to extradite him. He faces espionage charges that could land him in prison for up to 30 years in the U.S.
The move likely signals Snowden working more closely with the Russian government and Russian intelligence .
“That is the ultimate goal, but if I’m going to spend the rest of my life in prison then my one, bottom-line demand that we all have to agree to is that at least I get a fair trial,” Snowden told “CBS This Morning” at the time.