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13 February, 2017

Dear Vlad: don't you dare betray Snowden!

Edward Snowden has said he is unafraid of Russian president Vladimir Putin turning him over to the US as a favor to President-elect Donald Trump.

The national security whistleblower, speaking during a Thursday webchat from Russia, where he has been stranded since disclosing revelations of widespread National Security Agency surveillance in 2013, said it would be “crazy to dismiss” the prospect of Trump striking a deal with Putin that leads to his extradition and trial.

But he added: “If I was worried about safety, if the security and the future of myself was all that I cared about, I would still be in Hawaii.”

Snowden told the webchat hosted by the Dutch privacy-focused search engine StartPage he was comfortable with and proud of the choices he had made.

I think I did the right thing,” he said. “While I can’t predict what the future looks like, I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, I can be comfortable with the way I’ve lived to today.


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