Putin: Snowden would be welcome at Winter Olympic Games in Sochi

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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Guess who just may turn up at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia?

In an interview that appeared on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, Russian President Vladamir Putin told George Stephanopoulos that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden — who is living in Russia on temporary asylum — is free to come to the Olympics in Sochi as a spectator if he desires.

Stephanopolous: The most famous American in Russia right now is Edward Snowden. Is he invited to Sochi?

Putin: The most renowned American in Russia now is Barack Obama. Everybody is invited. Mr. Snowden is subject to the treatment of provisional asylum here in Russia. He has a right to travel freely across the country. He has no special limitation. He can just buy a ticket and come here.

Stephanopolous: And stay as long as he wants?

Putin: Yes, sure. Definitely.

The Winter Olympics begin February 6.

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