A Kremlin spokesperson said Monday that the Russian government had no advance knowledge that Edward Snowden, the source of the National Security Agency leaks, was traveling to Moscow, according to the Wall Street Journal.
President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told the Journal that Russia wouldn’t intervene in the Snowden matter by holding him or returning him to the U.S. to face charges.
“It is not a question for us,” Peskov told The Wall Street Journal. “We don’t know what his plans are and we were unaware he was coming here.”
Snowden arrived in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport late Sunday, and is expected to leave Monday afternoon on a flight bound for Cuba.