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September 4, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had asked Russia for help before he flew to Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a wide-ranging interview with First Channel, a Russian federal television network, and the Associated Press. Snowden, who leaked classified U.S. national security documents to several media outlets, met with Russian diplomats in Hong Kong before he flew to Russia, Putin said in the televised interview recorded Tuesday at Putin's country residence of Novo-Ogaryovo near Moscow and posted on the official Kremlin website.
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