Is Russia giving Edward Snowden to Trump as a 'gift?'

"Team Snowden has received no such signals and has no new reason for concern", Mr Wizner said.

NBC on Friday quoted a senior United States official with access to highly sensitive intelligence reports as saying Russian Federation was considering the move "to curry favor" with Trump.

The report by U.S. intelligence has been confirmed by two sources in the intelligence community with notes and conversations being gathered since the inauguration, according to NBC.

Trump has repeatedly described the NSA leaker as a "traitor" who deserves harsh punishment, tweeting in 2013 that Snowden is a "spy who should be executed".

Snowden took to Twitter on Friday night to respond to the reports stating, "Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel".

"No one in Russian Federation considers his extradition, it is out of the question", Kucherena said.

Snowden's lawyer says he has no knowledge of such a plan to send his client to the U.S. Zarate adds that all of that would-be music to Putin's ears reports The Independent.

Snowden has recently had Russian residency extended until 2020, by which point he would be able to apply for citizenship.

The White House declined to comment, but Justice Department officials told NBC that it would welcome Snowden's return. As early as 2013, Trump claimed if he were president, he would have already gotten Snowden back in the US. No country trades away spies'.

Trump is known for his tough stance on Snowden, whom he has denounced as "a traitor and a disgrace".

A second source within the U.S. intelligence community confirmed the report, noting that the matter has been mentioned in Russian conversations and notes gathered since Trump's January 20 inauguration.

Pompeo concurred last February: "I think the proper outcome would be that he would be given a death sentence".

Anatoly Kucherena, who has represented Snowden since his arrival in Russian Federation in 2013, told Interfax news agency that "Russia has no legal basis to hand over Snowden".

"Is this going to happen?"

Snowden faced charges with violating the U.S. Espionage Act after he fled to Hong Kong. "But if I get hit by a bus, or a drone, or dropped off an airplane tomorrow, you know what?" Not really, because here's the thing: I am very comfortable with the decisions that I've made.

  • Leroy Wright