Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered fired FBI chief James Comey “political asylum” during his annual question and answer call-in session on state television on Thursday.
“What makes the FBI director different from Mr. Snowden then? It seems to me that in that case he’s not so much the head of the FBI as an activist who has a particular point of view.”
“By the way, if he faces some sort of prosecution in this regard, we are ready to give him political asylum as well. He should know that,” he said sarcastically during the televised event.
Comey testified last week that he orchestrated the leak of accounts of conversations with US President Donald Trump because he thought it might lead to the appointment of a special prosecutor to lead the Russia investigation into alleged meddling in the 2016 Presidential election.
Putin’s marathon call-in — where he fielded questions from people across Russia — comes days after nationwide anti-corruption demonstrations, in which 1,400 people were arrested.