Edward Snowden, the leaker of U.S. National Security Agency surveillance activities, may have changed his position about disclosing more information in the future, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday, according to news reports.
Snowden, if applying for political asylum in Russia, may agree not to leak more documents, Putin said in a press conference. Earlier this month, Putin said Snowden, a former NSA contractor, could claim asylum in Russia if he stopped his leaks.
“The conditions of receiving political asylum are known to him,” Putin said, according to a report by Agence France-Presse. “Judging by his latest statement, he is somewhat changing his position, but the situation has not been finally clarified so far.”
Russia will not aid Snowden if he continues to leak information, Putin said, according to RT.com. Russian officials said they have not yet received a formal asylum request from Snowden, RT.com reported.