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Snowden: 'no relationship' with Russian government

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden tells a U.S. television interviewer he has not given Moscow any intelligence documents after nearly a year of asylum there. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FUGITIVE FORMER U.S. SPY AGENCY CONTRACTOR EDWARD SNOWDEN SAYING: "So, I have no relationship with the Russian government at all. I've never met the Russian president. I'm not supported by the Russian government. I'm not taking money from the Russian government. I'm not a spy, which is the real question. The best way to make sure that, for example, the Russians can't break my fingers and compromise information or hit me with a bag of money till I give them something was not to have it at all. And the way to do that was by destroying material that I was holding before I transited through Russia." During the NBC interview Snowden criticized the crackdown on freedom of expression under Russian President Vladimir Putin. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FUGITIVE FORMER U.S

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