RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that Edward Snowden never left Moscow, and that he will not be extradited to the US.
Russia does not have a treaty for extraditions with the United States, though the ex-contractor who leaked files from the National Security Agency (NSA) has not yet technically entered the country, as he remains in Moscow airport without a visa.
Putin insisted that Snowden had not been in contact with Russia’s security services, and that he was receiving no assistance, adding: “The sooner he chooses his final destination, the better it would be for us and for himself”.
Snowden was tipped to board a flight to Cuba on Monday, but never got on the plane. It had been suggested that he would go on from Havana to Ecuador, the country which has previously provided support to Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder.