Snowden says FSB tried to recruit him in Russia
According to the ex-CIA officer, he was offered to cooperate back in June 2013 at Sheremetyevo Airport.
Edward Snowden, an ex-member of the US National Security Agency, told about FSB’s attempt to recruit him in his book Permanent Record.
The book says that the attempt was made back in 2013, which was confirmed by lawyer Anatoly Kucherena in a statement to RBC.
According to Snowden, FSB officers tracked him down immediately upon his arrival in Sheremetyevo in June 2013, when he was with his WikiLeaks friend. He was told at the passport control that he had some issues with his papers and taken to a room where "half a dozen men in gray" were sitting. One of them offered the American to work for the Russian special services.
Snowden says that he knew he could not let him finish speaking, otherwise it would have been treated as indecision even if he rejected the offer eventually, according to the book.
After that, the man asked Snowden about his travel plans and, having learned that the former agent intended to fly to Ecuador through Cuba and Venezuela, said that his passport had been annulled. Ultimately, Snowden received asylum in Russia.
Kucherena added that Snowden refused to cooperate with the FSB, as well as with the special services of other foreign states. Only after that did he receive asylum, but still he had to wait for a while.
“The waiting was quite long, more than three weeks,” the lawyer said.
Snowden arrived in Russia on June 23, 2013 on a flight from Hong Kong.