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Russia to grant James Comey asylum if US persecutes him: Vladimir Putin

Comey believed that he was sacked due to investigation into Russian ties to Trump campaign

IANS  |  Moscow 

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Vladimir Putin

is willing to grant asylum to former chief if he is persecuted in the US, Russian President said on Thursday.

Comey, sacked by the Trump administration last month, acted like US whistleblower Edward Snowden, said the Russian leader during an annual televised call-in known as "Direct Line with Vladimir Putin", Xinhua news agency reported.

"When a special service head records a conversation with the commander-in-chief and gives it to the media through one of his friends... he is then not a special service head but a human rights advocate who defends a certain position," said Putin.

Snowden, a computer professional who had done contractual work for the US National Security Agency, is now living under asylum in He fled to in 2013 after revealing thousands of classified documents to the press.

"If there is persecution against Comey, we will be ready to grant him political asylum as well," said Putin.

According to the Trump administration, Comey was fired because of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation during the 2016 US presidential elections.

But the former director believed that he was sacked due to his investigation into Russian ties to the

As for Comey's investigation into Russian interference in the presidential elections, Putin said Comey provided no evidence.

First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 07:46 IST