Edward Snowden 'strange guy' set for tough life: Vladimir Putin
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who received asylum in Russia, is a "strange guy" who condemned himself to a difficult fate.
"You know, I sometimes thought about him. He is a strange guy," ex-KGB spy Putin said in an interview with state-run Channel One television. "How is he going to build his life? In effect, he condemned himself to a rather difficult life. I do not have the faintest idea about what he will do next."
The case has intensified strains between Russia and the United States and prompted US President Barack Obama to cancel a visit to Moscow for a bilateral summit ahead of the G-20 summit in Saint Petersburg this week.
"Well, it's clear we will not give him up. He can feel safe here, but what's next?" Mr Putin said, suggesting that Washington, which wants to put him on trial, may in time reconsider its stance. "And maybe some compromises will be found in this case."