Putin has called Snowden’s brave and somewhat reckless man

© AP Photo / Marco GarciaЭдвард Snowden during a speech via video link. Archival photoPutin has called Snowden’s brave and somewhat reckless man© AP Photo / Marco Garcia

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the former U.S. intelligence officer Edward Snowden is a courageous, slightly reckless man.

«He is a man, to his credit, a courageous, if not a little reckless,» said Putin in the film-interview with Director Oliver stone, shown on the American channel Showtime.

Snowden in June 2013 gave the Washington Post and the Guardian series of secret materials about the programs of surveillance of US intelligence and the UK on the Internet. He flew to Hong Kong and then to Moscow, where some time was in the transit area of Sheremetyevo airport.

Russia gave Snowden temporary asylum for one year on the condition that it will cease operations against the United States. In August 2014, Snowden received a three-year residence permit, which allows him to travel not only in Russia but also abroad. In January 2017, Snowden has been extended residence permits until 2020.