Putin is unlikely to turn over Snowden to US: Analyst

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to turn over American whistleblower Edward Snowden to the United States in order to improve ties with new US President Donald Trump, says a political analyst in Los Angeles.

During an interview with Press TV on Saturday, Rodney Martin, a former congressional staffer, said recent US media reports that Putin is considering returning Snowden to the US is mainly media “speculation.”

“I don’t believe President Putin is going to turn Snowden over; I think he would veto that idea,” Martin said. “He, like so many others, are seeing in Donald Trump [that] there’s a lot of talk and no action.”

“It wouldn’t surprise me if this is a bogus story designed to rattle Snowden in an effort to make him flee to some place so he could be intercepted in route,” Martin said.

US intelligence agencies have collected information that Moscow is considering turning over Snowden as a “gift” to Trump.

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