This evening, I read that Edward Snowden, the US contractor who has leaked details of US spying activities, has (reportedly) asked for political asylum in Russia and that President Putin has said,
"If [Snowden] wants to go somewhere and there are those who would take him, he is welcome to do so," and "If he wants to stay here, there is one condition: He must
stop his activities aimed at inflicting damage on our American partners,
no matter how strange it may sound coming from my lips."
Now, to my suspicious mind this sounds a very strange comment from a Russian head of state. One can only imagine the behind-the-scenes contacts between the US and Russian governments that prompted this utterance. We all know that the USA spies on Russia and that Russia spies on the USA, so why this apparent support for the USA?