Russian President Vladimir Putin made a ridiculous statement the other day which connected former FBI Director Comey and NSA contractor Edward Snowden. “What’s the difference between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden,” Putin asked on his yearly live call-in show. He went on to say he would offer asylum to Comey just as he did Snowden. He is obviously poking fun at the American political scene right now.
According to an NPR report, the question was uniquely phrased to connect with the Russia election interference:
“By phrasing a question uniquely constructed for these unusual times, Putin put a new spin on the ongoing saga over Russia’s tampering in the U.S. election, links between President Trump’s inner circle and Russia, and allegations that the president tried to stop at least one line of inquiry.”
According to a translation by Radio Free Europe, Putin relayed the following information during his Direct Line appearance on StateTV:
“[Comey] said he’d written down his conversation with President [Trump] and handed it to the media through a friend of his. This does sound and look odd. The director of a security service making records of his talks with the supreme commander and handing it over to the media through a friend of his.”
Putin also compared Comey to Snowden saying, “it makes him not a security service director, but a civil activist advocating a certain belief.” He continued saying, “By the way, if he faces any kind of prosecution in this regard, we will provide political asylum in Russia for him as well. He should be aware of that.”
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