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The Washington Post reports from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual Q&A phone-in session

June 17, 2017

Jun 15, 2017 QUOTE: Putin also touched on the political turmoil in the United States over Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. Commenting on the testimony of former FBI director James B. Comey, Putin said: “It sounds and looks very strange for the head of a special service to record a conversation with the commander in chief and then pass it to the media through his friend. And how is the FBI director different from Mr. Snowden then?”

That was a reference to Edward Snowden, the U.S. National Security Agency leaker who took refuge in Russia in 2013.

“If some persecution is launched against [Comey] in this context, we will be ready to grant him political asylum in Russia as well,” Putin deadpanned. END OF QUOTE



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