Vkontakte has offered former CIA employee Edward Snowden to work on protection of correspondence on the social networking site, press officer Georgy Lobushkin said.
"As we know, Pavel [Durov] is now conducting a contest for the creation of a messenger using a protocol developed by the Vkontakte laboratories. It's a secure protocol and Edward [Snowden] and this entire story with the leakage of users' data from other U.S. social networking sites, it all falls into place," Lobushkin said while meeting with participants in an Internet community on Sunday evening.
A video of the meeting has been posted on the Internet.
"I can't say where he is now and what sort of negotiations are being conducted now," Lobushkin said.
According to earlier reports, Durov, the founder of Vkontakte, invited Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, to join his programmers' team.
"We are inviting Edward to St. Petersburg and we will be happy if he decides to join the star team of Vkontakte programmers," Durov said on his website.
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