Snowden may testify in Merkel phone tapping case without leaving Russia - source

Ex-U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden may testify in the case of Washington's monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone without leaving Russia, a source familiar with the situation told Interfax.

Ex-U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden may testify in the case of Washington's monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone without leaving Russia, a source familiar with the situation told Interfax.

Snowden may answer German prosecutors' questions either via e-mail or in person in Russia, he said.

"Snowden's travel outside of Russia is practically ruled out. In this case, he will lose his refugee status and may be turned over to Washington by U.S. allies," the source said.

"However, in principle, the German Prosecutor General's Office may send its representatives to Russia or forward its questions to Snowden in written form," he said.

"This matter should be given serious consideration at the interstate level," he said.

German parliamentarian Hans-Christian Stroebele said earlier that Edward Snowden was prepared to testify before the German Prosecutor General's Office in the case of U.S. intelligence services' tapping of Merkel's phone.

Snowden fled to Hong Kong in May 2013 and then released classified information regarding the U.S. special services' online surveillance activities. Following this, Snowden arrived in Moscow on June 23.

The United States revoked his passport and he was to stay in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. Russia gave one-year asylum to Snowden on August 1 and he was able to leave the airport the same day.

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