Alleged National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowdon has been called an ‘American idealist’.
Snowdon has been given asylum in Russia, despite America’s demands to send him back.
But at the human rights organisation the Helsinki Group in Moscow, spokesperson Lyudmilla Alexeeva, pointed out the irony of him being given refuge in Russia, where there is little freedom of information.
“I think it was right to grant him asylum. But I have some pity for Snowden because he fought against the lack of access to information for American citizens, but in Russia this kind of thing is much more difficult. I think he is an American idealist.”
The move to shelter Snowden could have an effect on relations between Moscow and Washington, with some US lawmakers calling for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in the southern Russian city of Sochi.