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  7/1/2013, Tammuz 23, 5773

Putin: Snowden should Avoid Leaking US Secrets


USA Today reports Russia's President Vladimir Putin says that National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden will have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wants to get asylum in Russia.

"There is one condition if he wants to remain here: he must stop his work aimed at damaging our American partners. As odd as it may sound from me," Putin told a news conference in Moscow, reported RT television network.

Putin insisted Russia is not going to extradite Snowden, however, adds USA Today, refusing a demand from President Obama that Snowden be returned to the USA to face charges of espionage.

"Russia has never extradited anyone and is not going to do so," Putin said, concludes USA Today.