Putin wants Edward Snowdon out of Russia?…Update Snowden formally files for Russian Asylum…

That’s what been reported yesterday…..

Seems Snowden has become a pain in the ass even to the Russians…….

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday he hopes Edward Snowden leaves Russia when he has the chance, Reuters reports.

“As soon as there is an opportunity for him to move elsewhere, I hope he will do that,” Putin said.

Speaking to reporters on an island in the Gulf of Finland about the conditions for Russian asylum, Putin said he thinks the former National Security Agency contractor is “shifting” his position on political activity.

“The conditions for granting political asylum are known to him. And judging by his latest actions, he is shifting his position. But the situation has not been clarified yet,” Putin continued.

Putin said Russia never wanted Snowden to come to the country and that he was passing through Russia when the United States “blocked his further flight.”

“He came to our territory without invitation, we did not invite him. And we weren’t his final destination,” Putin said. “He was flying in transit to other states. But the moment he was in the air … our American partners, in fact, blocked his further flight.”

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Update 7/16/13 12:45 PM

MOSCOW — Four days after saying he would seek temporary asylum in Russia, fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden met with a pro-Kremlin lawyer Tuesday at Moscow’s airport and together they drafted his application, the lawyer told Russian news services.

Anatoly Kucherena, a member of Russia’s Public Chamber, a citizen’s advisory council, said Snowden then handed the application over to a government official who had been invited to Sheremetyevo Airport to receive it….

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