July 12, 2013
American spy fugitive Edward Snowden emerged from his hideout in the Moscow airport today to speak with international human rights groups about his future plans, almost three weeks after he first disappeared inside the vast Russian facility.
Citing a Human Rights Watch official apparently in the meeting, The New York Times reported Snowden plans to seek temporary asylum in Russia, which has offered it. Russia’s President Putin previously said Snowden was welcome to stay in his country, but only as long as he stops linformation that “damages our U.S. partners.”
Snowden said in the meeting that Putin’s condition should not be a problem. “No actions I take or plan are meant to harm the U.S.,” Snowden reportedly said. “I want the U.S. to succeed.”