Moscow has opened the door to asylum for NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
There is no official information that the 29-year-old Snowden has applied for asylum, after admitting he exposed U.S. surveillance programs that have logged millions of phone calls and the Internet activities of Americans.
However, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday the Communist country would consider such an asylum request.
“If such an appeal is given, it will be considered,” Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Russian newspaper Kommersant. “We’ll act according to facts.”
Snowden, who until Tuesday was a National Security Agency contract worker, has said he is looking for a country in which to seek asylum that has “shared values.”
Snowden fled to Hong Kong after news reports last week about the U.S. date mining. He has been in hiding since appearing in a video Sunday in which he claims to be the source of the leaks.