Putin Thinks Snowden Is Weird


You know, I sometimes thought about him, he is a strange guy,” the suddenly very chatty Russian president said of the NSA leaker in an interview ahead of this week’s G20 summit. “How is he going to build his life? In effect, he condemned himself to a rather difficult life. I do not have the faintest idea about what he will do next,” said Putin, sounding almost paternal. “Well, it’s clear we will not give him up, he can feel safe here. But what’s next?” Learning Russian, said Snowden’s lawyer: “Already he can say words such as ‘tyazhko, tyazhko’ (it’s tough, it’s tough) and ‘stakan’ (a glass).” It’s a process.